Karin Björklund

Researcher at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Water Environment Technology

Karin's research focuses on the occurrence, sources and treatment of pollutants (mainly organic pollutants) in stormwater. The research includes evaluating and developing methods to measure pollutants and techniques to remove them, through both laboratory and field experiments. Partitioning of pollutants between different phases (e.g., particulate, colloidal, dissolved phases and emulsions) is crucial for developing efficient treatment techniques. Therefore, characterization of particles, colloids and pollutants, as well as sampling of pollutants, in different phases is an important part of the research. If we understand their fate, we can also develop better models to simulate the transport of pollutants with stormwater to the environment. The goal of the research is to understand how pollutants behave in the environment and where they eventually end up, and to develop efficient methods for treating contaminated stormwater.Different types of decision support can facilitate planning and implementation of sustainable stormwater systems. Karin's research therefore also includes developing a framework to strategically and transparently select the best possible technology for stormwater treatment in urban environments.The results are of interest to stakeholders responsible for the protection of stormwater and recipient water quality, such as landowners, municipalities, and traffic and environmental administrations.

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Showing 30 publications

2019

Transport of Traffic-Related Microplastic Particles in Receiving Water

Mia Bondelind, Ailinh Nguyen, Ekaterina Sokolova et al
New Trends in Urban Drainage Modelling: UDM 2018, p. 317-321
Paper in proceedings
2018

Hydrodynamic modelling of the influence of stormwater and combined sewer overflows on receiving water quality: Benzo(a)pyrene and copper risks to recreational water

Karin Björklund, Mia Bondelind, Anna Karlsson et al
Journal of Environmental Management. Vol. 207, p. 32-42
Journal article
2017

Removal of organic contaminants in bioretention medium amended with activated carbon from sewage sludge

Karin Björklund, Loretta Li
Environmental Science and Pollution Research. Vol. 24 (23), p. 19167-19180
Journal article
2017

A pilot study of sorption filters to remove non-particulate organic pollutants in stormwater

Anna Markiewicz, Karin Björklund, Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall
Proceedings of International Conference on Urban Drainage
Paper in proceedings
2017

Sorption of organic pollutants frequently detected in stormwater: evaluation of five potential sorbents

Karin Björklund, Loretta Li
Environmental Technology (United Kingdom)
Journal article
2017

Adsorption of Organic Stormwater Pollutants onto Activated Carbon from Sewage Sludge

Karin Björklund, Loretta Y. Li
Journal of Environmental Management. Vol. 197, p. 490-497
Journal article
2017

Emissions of organic pollutants from traffic and roads: Priority pollutants selection and substance flow analysis

Anna Markiewicz, Karin Björklund, E. Eriksson et al
Science of the Total Environment. Vol. 580, p. 1162-1174
Journal article
2017

Sorption of organic contaminants and nutrients onto rain garden soil amended with activated carbon

Karin Björklund, Loretta Li
Conference Proceedings, 14th IWA/IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage; September 10-15, 2017; Prague, Czech Republic, p. 1060-1064
Paper in proceedings
2017

Influence of stormwater and CSOs on copper and benzo[a]pyrene in receiving waters – hydrodynamic modelling approach

Mia Bondelind, Karin Björklund, Anna Karlsson et al
Conference Proceedings, 14th IWA/IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage, September 10-15, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic, p. 540-543
Paper in proceedings
2016

Sorption of DOM and hydrophobic organic compounds onto sewage-based activated carbon

Karin Björklund, Loretta Y. Li
Water Science and Technology. Vol. 74 (4), p. 852-860
Journal article
2015

Evaluation of low-cost materials for sorption of hydrophobic organic pollutants in stormwater

Karin Björklund, L. Li
Journal of Environmental Management. Vol. 159, p. 106-114
Journal article
2015

Adsorbents for the removal of contaminants from stormwater

Karin Björklund
BC Water & Waste Association Annual Conference & Trade Show, Book of Abstracts
Conference poster
2014

Evaluation of low-cost media for sorption of organic pollutants in stormwater

Karin Björklund, Loretta Li
World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2014, Portland OR, USA, June 1-5, 2014
Conference poster
2014

Mineral Adsorbents for Removal of Metals in Urban Runoff

Karin Björklund, Loretta Li
European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014
Conference poster
2014

Adsorption of Organic Pollutants in Stormwater: Evaluation of Four Potential Sorbents

Karin Björklund, Loretta Li
Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Urban Drainage
Paper in proceedings
2013

Partitioning of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Alkylphenols, Bisphenol A and Phthalates in Landfill Leachates and Stormwater.

Yuliya Kalmykova, Karin Björklund, Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall et al
Water Research. Vol. 47 (3), p. 1317-1328
Journal article
2011

Screening of Organic Contaminants in Urban Snow

Karin Björklund, Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall, Per-Arne Malmqvist
Water Science and Technology. Vol. 64 (1), p. 206-213
Journal article
2011

Simulating organic pollutant flows in urban stormwater: development and evaluation of a model for nonylphenols and phthalates

Karin Björklund, Per-Arne Malmqvist, Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall
Water Science and Technology. Vol. 65 (3), p. 508-515
Journal article
2010

Screening av organiska miljögifter i snö

Karin Björklund, Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall
Report
2010

Metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in stormwater sediments: particle distribution and catchment area emission factors (CAEFs)

Karin Björklund, Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall, Thomas Pettersson
Book of abstracts - 10th Urban Environment Symposium, 9-11 June 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden, p. 19-
Paper in proceedings
2010

Substance flow analyses of phthalates and nonylphenols in stormwater

Karin Björklund
Water Science and Technology. Vol. 62 (5), p. 1154-1160
Journal article
2010

Screening of organic contaminants in urban snow

Karin Björklund, Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall, Per-Arne Malmqvist
Proceedings, 14th International Conference, IWA Diffuse Pollution Specialist Group: Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication, p. 270-275
Paper in proceedings
2009

Phthalates and nonylphenols in urban runoff: Occurrence, distribution and area emission factors

Karin Björklund, A.P. Cousins, Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall et al
Science of the Total Environment. Vol. 407 (16), p. 4665-4672
Journal article
2009

Phthalates and Nonylphenols in Stormwater: A Substance Flow Analysis

Karin Björklund
The International Conference Xenobiotics in the Urban Water Cycle – XENOWAC 2009, p. 6-
Paper in proceedings
2008

Using the stormwater-quality model SEWSYS to identify sources and fluxes of hazardous organic substances

Karin Björklund, Per-Arne Malmqvist, Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall
Book of abstracts. 9th Highway and Urban Environment Symposium, 9-11 June 2008, Madrid, Spain, p. 21-
Paper in proceedings
2008

Best Management Practices to Reduce Phthalate and Nonylphenol Loads in Urban Runoff

Karin Björklund, Per-Arne Malmqvist, Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall
Proceedings of the International Conference on Urban Drainage, 1-5 September, Edinburgh, UK
Paper in proceedings
2007

Källor till och flöden av ftalater och nonylfenoler i Stockholms dagvatten

Karin Björklund, Per-Arne Malmqvist, Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall
Report
2007

Environmental risk assessment of antibiotics in the Swedish environment with emphasis on sewage treatment plants

R. H. Lindberg, Karin Björklund, P. Rendahl et al
Water Research. Vol. 41 (3), p. 613-619
Journal article

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Showing 5 research projects

2018–2020

Innovative and Sustainable Solutions to Reduce Pollution of Roads and Road

Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall Water Environment Technology
Anna Markiewicz Water Environment Technology
Karin Björklund Water Environment Technology
VINNOVA

2016–2019

Uppbyggnad av ett ramverk för val av bästa möjliga teknik för dagvattenrening

Karin Björklund Water Environment Technology
Formas

2014–2017

Colloidal fractions of persistent organic pollutants in road runoff: sources, generation and innovative treatment techniques

Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall Water Environment Technology
Karin Björklund Water Environment Technology
Anna Markiewicz Water Environment Technology
Yuliya Kalmykova Water Environment Technology
Formas

2013–2016

Removal of Organic Contaminants in Stormwater Treatment Facilities

Karin Björklund Water Environment Technology
Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall Water Environment Technology
Formas
J. Gust. Richert stiftelse

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