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van den Brink, Paul
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Zimmerman, J. K., Grönlund, E. & van den Brink, P. (2019). Is Astacology Environmental Science?. In: Book of abstracts.: IAA Gotland 2019 Crayfish Conference. Paper presented at IAA Gotland 2019 Crayfish Conference, Visby, Gotland, 27-30 August, 2019.
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2019 (English)In: Book of abstracts.: IAA Gotland 2019 Crayfish Conference, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Environmental Science aims to study the relationships between human beings influence on and dependence of nature, the interaction and integration of ecological, social and technical systems as well as the strategies for sustainable use of natural resources. The linking of social, ecological and economical aspects in Environmental Science can provide useful tools for the study, management and conservation of freshwater crayfish from a broad social perspective. Therefore, it is of interest to explore the relationships between Environmental Science and Astacology. By analysing the aims of the International Association of Astacology and the content of some volumes of Freshwater Crayfish from an Environmental Science perspective we found that Astacology is operating within the field of Environmental Science. The focus is mainly on identifying underlying mechanisms of environmental issues. We will point out unexplored scientific perspectives and propose some advice of how to study freshwater crayfish from a broad systems perspective.

Keywords
Astacology, Environmental Science, Sustainable development, Environmental Issues, Ecosystem Service
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-36957 (URN)978-952-61-3166-5 (ISBN)
Conference
IAA Gotland 2019 Crayfish Conference, Visby, Gotland, 27-30 August, 2019
Available from: 2019-08-28 Created: 2019-08-28 Last updated: 2019-09-02Bibliographically approved
Grönlund, E. & van den Brink, P. (2019). What to include in carbon budget models in Swedish forests?. In: : . Paper presented at The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2019, 1st - 5th October 2019, Salzburg, Austria.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What to include in carbon budget models in Swedish forests?
2019 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish legislation regarding forestry, the Forestry Act from 1994, states that forestry should promote forests’ production and environmental values equally. Simultaneously extracting biomass resources for renewable materials and products while preserving and enhancing forest environments and biodiversity is a challenging task.

In this paper, the balancing question is problematized with focus on what items and relationships to include in forest models with a special focus on carbon budgets.

The results show that the biodiversity aspect is more difficult to capture in the models than the production data.

National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37587 (URN)
Conference
The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2019, 1st - 5th October 2019, Salzburg, Austria
Available from: 2019-10-27 Created: 2019-10-27 Last updated: 2019-10-29Bibliographically approved
van den Brink, P. & Grönlund, E. (2018). Differences in cultural context as an educational tool understanding differences in values of Ecosystem Services. In: : . Paper presented at 1st international Education with Sustainability conference, Sligo, Ireland, August 20-22, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Differences in cultural context as an educational tool understanding differences in values of Ecosystem Services
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Ecosystem services differ depending on how they are valued within a society. For instance, the value for recreational sites varies depending on the number of people that use them. People also give different values to different services depending on their background, for instance for aesthetic and ethical values.

Since 2016 Mid Sweden University (Sweden) and VIVES (Belgium) has an educational cooperation. We use the cultural differences between Belgium and Sweden as an educational tool. In the exchange program, the students have one field trip in Sweden and one field trip in Belgium. In Sweden one sparsely populated area is used in the Swedish archipelago and in Belgium a semi natural area, a constructed lake,. We also compare residential areas in Stockholm and in Ypres.

Some findings so far:

Cultural services are important in semi natural areas in Belgium. The Swedish students become aware of the popularity for semi natural land for recreational use in Belgium. In the area of the lake “Eau d” Heure the difference is well expressed. The lake, first constructed to provide secured water delivery to the waterways for transportation, is now a popular recreational area. Lakes of the same size in Sweden could not reach those recreational values.

Even if the access in Sweden to more natural habitats is possible, nature first is withdrawn, and then reconstructed to get a value in residential areas instead of using already existing natural habitats.

The Swedish archipelago, some inhabited only by single families are exotic to Belgian students. No light pollution and the silence are a new experience. At the same time, inhabitants at these islands tries their best to find a way of living on tourism. Not even forestry are economical reasonable.

By the exchange program, we believe that we widen the mindsets of both groups of students and their understanding of ecosystem services in different cultural contexts.

National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35310 (URN)
Conference
1st international Education with Sustainability conference, Sligo, Ireland, August 20-22, 2018
Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved
Fröling, M., Tellström, S., Edholm, J., Van den Brink, P., Longueville, A. & Grönlund, E. (2016). Appearances of Ecosystem Services in Environmental Impact Assessment - learnings from two Swedish case studies. In: Proceedings of Linnaeus Eco-Tech 2016: The 10th International Conference on the Establishment of Cooperation between Companies and Institutionsin the Nordic Countries, the Baltic Sea Region and the World.. Paper presented at Linnaeus Eco-Tech 2016, 21–23 November 2016, Kalmar, Sweden.
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2016 (English)In: Proceedings of Linnaeus Eco-Tech 2016: The 10th International Conference on the Establishment of Cooperation between Companies and Institutionsin the Nordic Countries, the Baltic Sea Region and the World., 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Ecosystem Services is an increasingly used concept to understand and describe the dependencies of socio-technical systems on the ecosystems in which they exist. We have studied to what extent ecosystem services are appearing in Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) in two Swedish cases, the improvement of ecological status in a river used for small scale hydropower and the mining operations of the MM mine. In neither of the two cases ecosystem services have been intentionally included in the work with the EIAs. The goal of the studies has been to examine to what extent ecosystem services are appearing anyway in the EIAs, to what extent data in the EIAs are sufficient to perform more structured ecosystem service assessments, and if the use of a more structured ecosystem services review during the EIA process could have contributed positively to the EIA work. 

Both EIAs in this study holds some information on impacts on ecosystem services, and more information on affected ecosystem functions that could be translated into ecosystems services and probably to full ecosystem service reviews with additional data gathering. Cases of ecosystem functions and services impacting other ecosystem functions and services, sometimes in several stages, were found, indicating that such functions or services could be of special importance to protect and / or support.

Keywords
Ecosystem services, Environmental Impact Assessment
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29770 (URN)
Conference
Linnaeus Eco-Tech 2016, 21–23 November 2016, Kalmar, Sweden
Available from: 2016-12-22 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Tellström, S., Fröling, M., Grönlund, E. & van den Brink, P. (2016). Ecosystem Service Assessment of Measures to Mitigate Small-scale Hydropower Ecological Impact. In: Proceedings of 22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 13 – 15 July 2016: . Paper presented at 22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference, School of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 13 – 15 July 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ecosystem Service Assessment of Measures to Mitigate Small-scale Hydropower Ecological Impact
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of 22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 13 – 15 July 2016, 2016Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Hydropower is important for provisioning of renewable energy, but the ecological effects to watersheds and rivers used for hydro-electrical production has gained increased attention in recent years. Concerns in connection to small-scale hydropower plants are particularly pointed out, as small plants causes several issues for aquatic biodiversity while the energy output remains limited. Hydropower dams poses as migration barriers, e.g. limiting reproduction of migratory fish; the flow regulation regimes disturbs the natural seasonal flows and damages bottom fauna; and rivers adapted to hydropower have altered biotic factors removing entire ecosystems, such as seasonally flooded wetlands. Projects to mitigate such impacts while maintaining hydro-electrical production are presently discussed and in some cases start to be undertaken. One such project is planned in river Billstaån, Sweden, affected by three small-scale hydropower plants and historically also by timber floating. The main measures in the ecological restoration process include construction of fauna passages, deconstruction of an unused reservoir and reintroduction of freshwater pearl mussels. The restoration project is carried out by the company owning the hydropower plants in Billstaån, in a joint effort including local authorities and stakeholders, to benefit local biodiversity and strengthen the ecological status of Billstaån towards the European Water Framework Directive. In this study, the expected outcomes of the Billstaån river restoration project has been assessed in terms of ecosystem services. Note that ecosystem services were not considered in the project planning of the restoration project itself, but were suggested for later monitoring efforts and for enabling inclusion of indicators of economic and social development connected to the restoration results. As ecosystem services describe the value of ecosystems through their interaction with society, this is done to complement ecological monitoring with effects on human residents in the area. Two frameworks for ecosystem service assessment have been tested: Corporate Ecosystem Service Review (ESR) and Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA). Both frameworks have been useful for assessing the expected development of Billstaån, but each of them have specific limitations. While ESR was good for qualitative scoping and defining important ecosystem services, the corporate focus made the later steps of the ESR framework hard to implement in this type of case. TESSA worked well for providing tools for quantitative assessment, but at present the number of services covered by the toolkit was limited. This indicates that different methods for ecosystem service assessment provide different levels of understanding of the assessed system. The two frameworks used to assess Billstaån do complement each other in terms of scope, but combined they point at gaps in coverage. This study has shown that ecosystem service assessment provides a complementary perspective of the value of increasing ecological status in rivers affected by small-scale hydropower, but also that the ecosystem services methodology needs further development for this type of case.

Keywords
ecosystem service assessment, hydropower, ecological restoration, Corporate Ecosystem Service Review, Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-bases Assessment
National Category
Environmental Sciences Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-28488 (URN)
External cooperation:
Conference
22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference, School of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 13 – 15 July 2016
Available from: 2016-07-21 Created: 2016-07-21 Last updated: 2016-09-15Bibliographically approved
Mikaelsson, L.-Å., Carlman, I., Fröling, M., Jonsson, A., Danielski, I., Grönlund, E., . . . Nilsson, N. (2015). Hållbara utvecklingsprocesser. Projektrapport 2015-03-31. Mittuniversitetet/Tillväxtverket
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2015 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mittuniversitetet/Tillväxtverket, 2015. p. 56
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26283 (URN)
Available from: 2015-11-20 Created: 2015-11-20 Last updated: 2018-12-20Bibliographically approved
Grönlund, E., Barthelson, M., Englund, A., Carlman, I., Fröling, M., Jonsson, A. & van den Brink, P. (2014). Ekoteknik (Ecotechnics / Ecotehcnology) – 30 Years of Experience in Interdiciplinery Education. In: Proceedings of the 20th International Sustainable Development Research Conference Trondheim 18-20 June 2014: Resilience – the new research frontier. Paper presented at 20th International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Trondheim, 18-20 June, 2014 (pp. 17-21). Trondheim: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Product Design
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ekoteknik (Ecotechnics / Ecotehcnology) – 30 Years of Experience in Interdiciplinery Education
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2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 20th International Sustainable Development Research Conference Trondheim 18-20 June 2014: Resilience – the new research frontier, Trondheim: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Product Design , 2014, p. 17-21Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

An important part of a society’s resilience is how prepared it is to cope with the changing conditions during the alpha and omega phases according to resilience theory. Lars Thofelt, an academic from the mid Sweden region, early recognized this need for students to develop skills needed for a societal change, and devoted his life to pedagogy suitable for this. The main outcome of his achievement was the interdisciplinary university program in Ecotechnics/Ecotechnology (Ekoteknik in Swedish), at Mid Sweden University. Ecology, economy and technology in cooperation for sustainable development were the original approach, and still are.Thofelt’s ideas had a main focus of helping students develop their inherent capabilities of solving problems and overcome obstacles. After Thofelt’s 12 years at the program his ideas were carried on by former colleagues and students, and the teaching further developed with a mix of the Thofelt tradition and other experiences brought in by new employees. This paper describes this interdisciplinary teaching approach with special focus on development of resilience capacity in students.It was concluded that 1) a key element to develop resilience skills in students is to push them to a self-propelled learning behavior rather than traditional teaching, 2) not too easily provide the students with answers will develop their problem solving skills, 3) doing-before-reading teaching is more time consuming but seem to give deeper knowledge, 4) interdisciplinary teaching will in the long run benefit from having the interdisciplinary team within the department, rather than as a conglomerate of several departments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trondheim: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Product Design, 2014
Keywords
Resilience, social change, problem solving, self-propelled
National Category
Environmental Engineering Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22363 (URN)978-82-91917-34-4 (ISBN)
Conference
20th International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Trondheim, 18-20 June, 2014
Available from: 2014-06-30 Created: 2014-06-30 Last updated: 2014-07-01Bibliographically approved
Grönlund, E., van den Brink, P. & Carlman, I. (2013). Emergy as an additional indicator in a model of integrated management of the human-environmental system of reindeer herding. In: : . Paper presented at Ecological Modelling for Ecosystem Sustainability in the context of Global Change, 19th biennial ISEM Conference, 28-31 October 2013, Toulouse, France.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emergy as an additional indicator in a model of integrated management of the human-environmental system of reindeer herding
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Several models have addressed the management of the Fenno-Scandinavian mountain region, for example Sverdrup et al (2010, Swedish EPA) presented many Causal Loop Diagram models of the Swedish mountain management. Burkhard and Müller (2008, Ecol.Indicators 8:828-840) presented a model for the Fenno-Scandinavian reindeer herding, including also an indicator system for the management. In this paper we add the relatively new measure emergy to these models, and discuss the benefits achieved.

Emergy is a measure appearing when applying the energy hierarchy principle to natural (e.g. forests, lakes, or mountains) or human (e.g. mountain societies, cities or countries) systems, postulating that energies in any system will self-organize in hierarchical patterns given time to do so. Emergy is expressed in relation to one type of energy occuring in the hierarchy, most often solar emergy Joules, seJ.

In the model by Burkhard and Müller (2008) the emergy values will add information both on the thermodynamic part of the model, but also on the economic side since emergy values in seJ can be alternatively expressed in a proportional, currency related unit, for example Em€ or Em$. The significance is that Em€ or Em$ measures the contribution different items give to the whole system, rather than how individuals give market values for different items; a donor value approach rather than a receiver or market  value approach.

National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20494 (URN)
Conference
Ecological Modelling for Ecosystem Sustainability in the context of Global Change, 19th biennial ISEM Conference, 28-31 October 2013, Toulouse, France
Available from: 2013-12-06 Created: 2013-12-06 Last updated: 2013-12-09Bibliographically approved
van den Brink, P., Grönlund, E. & Fröling, M. (2013). How to characterize three different types of Swedish ecosystems depending on natural or anthropogenic regimes?. In: : . Paper presented at Ecological Modelling for Ecosystem Sustainability in the context of Global Change, Toulouse, France 2013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How to characterize three different types of Swedish ecosystems depending on natural or anthropogenic regimes?
2013 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20394 (URN)
Conference
Ecological Modelling for Ecosystem Sustainability in the context of Global Change, Toulouse, France 2013
Available from: 2013-12-02 Created: 2013-12-02 Last updated: 2013-12-10Bibliographically approved
van den Brink, P. & Carlman, I. (2012). Co-existence of reindeer and lemmings in alpine mountains of Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at International Polar Year 2012 "From Knowledge to Action".
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-existence of reindeer and lemmings in alpine mountains of Sweden
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20395 (URN)
Conference
International Polar Year 2012 "From Knowledge to Action"
Available from: 2013-12-02 Created: 2013-12-02 Last updated: 2017-05-03Bibliographically approved
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