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Sarah Lindfors
Sarah Lindfors

Sarah Lindfors

PhD Student
Luleå University of Technology
Urban Water Engineering
Architecture and Water
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
+46 (0)920 493222
T3008 Luleå

Sarah Lindfors’ main research field is about stormwater quality and pollution transport in stormwater. More specifically, Sarah is investigating the chemical composition, particle size distribution and bioavailability of metals and how it changes during transport in stormwater systems. Her work also includes mikroplastics, the abundance and particle size distribution in stormwater from different urban surfaces.

Before her PhD studies, Sarah read the civil engineer program Natural Resources and Engineering at LTU with specialisation in Water and Environmental science. Her master thesis was written as a project within the Urban Water Engineering group at LTU and was aimed at investigating metals’ fractionation and their bioavailability in snowmelt using two techniques, ultrafiltration and DGT (diffusive gradients in thin films).

Sarah presented her licentiat thesis in 2021 “Characterisation of dissolved metals in urban runoff: Fractionation, lability and bioavailability”. The overall aim of this thesis is to advance the understanding of dissolved metal characteristics, including the distribution of sub-dissolved metal fractions (i.e. fractions contributing to the dissolved fraction), in urban runoff with a focus on factors affecting metal transport and environmental impact.

Research Projects


Article in journal

Evaluation of measured dissolved and bio-met predicted bioavailable Cu, Ni and Zn concentrations in runoff from three urban catchments (2021)

Lindfors. S, Österlund. H, Lundy. L, Viklander. M
Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 287
Article in journal

Metal size distribution in rainfall and snowmelt-induced runoff from three urban catchments (2020)

Lindfors. S, Österlund. H, Lundy. L, Viklander. M
Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 743
Conference paper

Characterisation of dissolved metal fractions in urban runoff (2019)

Lindfors. S, Österlund. H, Meyn. T, Muthanna. T, Lundy. L, Viklander. M
Part of: International conference: Cities, Rain & Risk, Abstract Booklet, s. 58-60, International conference Cities, Rain and Risk, 2019
Conference paper

Evaluation of Truly Dissolved and Bioavailable Metal Concentrations in Snowmelt and Rainfall Runoff (2019)

Lindfors. S, Österlund. H, Lundy. L, Viklander. M
Part of: 10e Conférence internationale L'eau dans la ville, Programme et résumés [Urban water: Programme and abstracts], s. 227-227, GRAIE, 2019