August Andersson

Room: R509
Phone: +46 8 16 4015

About me

Originally trained in Molecular Biosciences, I am since 2009 focusing on research on Environmental and Climate issues. I am currently pursuing two research directions:

Carbon-containing aerosols, e.g., black carbon (BC) affect the climate system and the quality of the air we breathe. However, these effects are currently associated with large uncertainties, e.g., with respect to emission sources and optical properties. In this line of research we are combining isotopic (e.g., D14C and d13C), molecular (e.g., polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PAHs), and physical (e.g., light-absorption and scattering) techniques with the aim to contribute to constraining the emission sources and atmospheric processing of these components, and investigating the coupling between sources/processing and optical properties. Our approach is largely field-based, with ongoing measurements in South and East Asia, the Arctic and Africa, while chemical/isotopic analysis is conducted here at Stockholm University.

In this line of research we focus on developing/implementing statistical/numerical analysis techniques for various Environmental and Geo-applications. Much recent focus has been directed towards characterizing the uncertainties in mass-balance source apportionment calculations, mainly by using Monte Carlo techniques.

A short clip on our joint sampling campaign, with Dr. Michael Gatari, at the University of Nairobi, Kenya:

R-code (courtesy of Martin Sköld, e-mail:

Monte Carlo-based source apportionment from Andersson et al. ES&T 49, 2038-2043:


Latest scientific papers

Siberian Arctic black carbon sources constrained by model and observation

Patrik Winiger; August Andersson; Sabine Eckhardt; Andreas Stohl; Igor P. Semiletov; Oleg V. Dudarev; Alexander Charkin; Natalia Shakhova; Zbigniew Klimont; Chris Heyes; Örjan Gustafsson
2017 | Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.

Terrestrial discharges mediate trophic shifts and enhance methylmercury accumulation in estuarine biota

Jonsson, S; Andersson, A; Nilsson, MB; Skyllberg, U; Lundberg, E; Schaefer, JK; Akerblom, S; Bjorn, E
2017 | Sci. Adv. | 3 (1)

Inflammatory markers and exposure to airborne particles among workers in a Swedish pulp and paper mill

Håkan Westberg; Karine Elihn; Eva Andersson; Bodil Persson; Lennart Andersson; Ing-Liss Bryngelsson; Cathe Karlsson; Bengt Sjögren
2016 | Int Arch Occup Environ Health | 85 (5) (813-822)

Lack of trophic polymorphism despite substantial genetic differentiation in sympatric brown trout (Salmo trutta) populations

Andersson, Anastasia.; Johansson, F.; Sundbom, M.; Ryman, N.; Laikre, L.
2016 | Ecol Freshw Fish

The sources of atmospheric black carbon at a European gateway to the Arctic

P. Winiger; A. Andersson; S. Eckhardt; A. Stohl; Ö. Gustafsson
2016 | Nat. Commun. | 7

All publications


How human activities affect natural processes that drive the major biogeochemical cycles that ultimately govern the composition of the environment.