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Helene Österlund

Associate Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Urban Water Engineering
Architecture and Water
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
helene.osterlund@ltu.se
+46 (0)920 492294
T3017 Luleå

Heléne Österlund’s main scientific interests are related to stormwater and snow quality and includes the sources to the pollutants present in stormwater and snow, and alternative options for sampling. The research involves field sampling of stormwater and snow in urban catchments but also includes laboratory experiments. The studies aim to characterise various impervious surfaces commonly found in the urban environment and which may leach pollutants to the environment via stormwater runoff, characterise in which chemical forms the pollutants are transported in stormwater as well as pollutant pathways in snow and snowmelt. In order to determine in which fractions and phases pollutants are present a range of various sampling and measurement techniques are applied such as passive sampling with DGT (difffusive gradients in thin films) and ultra filtration. The pollutants in focus are metals and organic micro pollutants as well as nutrients and microplastics.

Research Projects

Publications

Article in journal

Correction to: Facilitating maintenance of stormwater ponds: comparison of analytical methods for determination of metal pollution (2022)

Gavric. S, Flanagan. K, Österlund. H, Blecken. G, Viklander. M
Environmental Science and Pollution Research
Article in journal

Exploiting urban roadside snowbanks as passive samplers of organic micropollutants and metals generated by traffic (2022)

Müller. A, Österlund. H, Marsalek. J, Viklander. M
Environmental Pollution, Vol. 308
Article in journal

Facilitating maintenance of stormwater ponds: comparison of analytical methods for determination of metal pollution (2022)

Gavric. S, Flanagan. K, Österlund. H, Blecken. G, Viklander. M
Environmental Science and Pollution Research