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

Rivers across the Siberian Arctic unearth the patterns of carbon release from thawing permafrost

Wild, B.; Andersson, A.; Bröder, L.; Vonk, J.; Hugelius, G.; McClelland, J.W.; Song, W.; Raymond, P.A.; Gustafsson, Ö.
2019 | Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. | 116 (21) (10280-10285)

Source apportionment of circum-Arctic atmospheric black carbon from isotopes and modeling

P. Winiger; T. E. Barrett; R. J. Sheesley; L. Huang; S. Sharma; L. A. Barrie; K. E. Yttri; N. Evangeliou; S. Eckhardt; A. Stohl; Z. Klimont; C. Heyes; I. P. Semiletov; O. V. Dudarev; A. Charkin; N. Shakhova; H. Holmstrand; A. Andersson; Ö. Gustafsson
2019 | Sci. Adv. | 5 (2)

Photochemical degradation affects the light absorption of water-soluble brown carbon in the South Asian outflow

Sanjeev Dasari; August Andersson; Srinivas Bikkina; Henry Holmstrand; Krishnakant Budhavant; Sreedharan Satheesh; Eija Asmi; Jutta Kesti; John Backman; Abdus Salam; Deewan Singh Bisht; Suresh Tiwari; Zahid Hameed; Örjan Gustafsson;
2019 | Sci. Adv. | 5, no. 1, eaau8066

Quantifying degradative loss of terrigenous organic carbon in surface sediments across the Laptev and East Siberian Sea

Lisa Bröder; August Andersson; Tommaso Tesi; Igor Semiletov; Örjan Gustafsson
2019 | Global Biogeochem Cycles | 33 (85-99)

Remobilization of old permafrost carbon to Chukchi Sea sediments during the end of the last deglaciation

Jannik Martens; Birgit Wild; Christof Pearce; Tommaso Tesi; August Andersson; Lisa Bröder; Matt O'Regan; Martin Jakobsson; Martin Sköld; Laura Gemery; Thomas M. Cronin; Igor Semiletov; Oleg V. Dudarev; Örjan Gustafsson
2019 | Global Biogeochem Cycles | 33

All publications


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