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Applied Geochemistry

Applied geochemistry focuses on studies of the presence of elements and the geochemical processes that take place in rock, soil and water at Earth's surface.

Humans are today a significant geological factor that affects the Earth on a local, regional and global scale. Concerns about man's impact on the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and potentially toxic effects on the biosphere have actualized the need for environmental geochemistry. Research and education in environmental geochemistry relates to environmental issues linked to the mining industry, infrastructure construction and community building, hydropower development, forestry, acid sulfate soils and sulfide-bearing rocks. In environmental forensics, we use isotopes, multi-element analyzes and mineral identification to trace pollution sources, mobility and geochemical processes in both natural and affected systems.

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About climate change, environmental impact from industries and the spread of pollutants.

"Here we want to show everyday life to us teachers, students and researchers who work with the environment and water within the subject applied geochemistry. There will be contributions from field exercises, study visits and lab exercises at Luleå University of Technology, but also with research results, says Lina Hällström, researcher and teacher at the Master Programme in Natural Resources Engineering.

Environment and Water - A specialization within the Master of Natural Resources Engineering and The Master Programme in Exploration and Environmental Geosciences at Luleå University of Technology

Lina Hällström

Lina Hällström, Associate Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493543
Organisation: Applied Geochemistry, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Euromines visited the Swedish School of Mines Photo: Richard Renberg
Euromines visited the Swedish School of Mines

Euromines represents large and small companies and subsidiaries in Europe and in other parts of the world which provide jobs to more than 350,000 people. LKAB's CEO Jan Moström has been chairman of Euromines since 1 January 2023.

Franska journalister Photo: Richard Renberg
French journalists visited the university

Today the Luleå University of Technology was visited by journalists from some of France's largest daily newspapers. They were invited to report on the world-unique green initiatives currently being implemented in northern Sweden.

Swedish School of Mines

Research, education and infrastructure across the entire value chain of minerals and metals

Reusability of sulphide-bearing rock material

In infrastructure and development projects, large amounts of rock and soil masses are handled. The masses that arise in the projects can often be reused on site or in other projects in need of rock material, provided that the material meets the set technical and environmental requirements.

Laboratories for QanTmin at LTU installed Photo: Magnus Stenberg
QanTmin Laboratories

Laboratories for quantititative target mineralogy (QanTmin) are now installed in F-building and also open for users after registration.