Research at Erken Laboratory

Research at the Erken Laboratory focuses on the long-term monitoring of water quality, climate effects on aquatic systems, circulation of nutrients, and population and community dynamics in lakes. 

We can offer the following for visiting researchers:

  • Data from an extensive environmental monitoring program for Lake Erken, including both manual and high-frequency automatic measurements. The monitoring programme includes measurements of physical and chemical parameters, phytoplankton, and greenhouse gas fluxes. Go to the Lake monitoring programme
  • Possibilities for the implementation of experiments (e.g. mesocosms), for example using the SITES AquaNet mesocosm infrastructure
  • Technical expertise for sensor based measurements
  • Help with sampling and measurements in lake Erken as well as surrounding lakes
  • Services of an accredited laboratory for water and sediment sampling and analysis and for phytoplankton and zooplankton determination. Go to Analytical services

If you are interested to carry out a project at the Erken laboratory or use the data from our monitoring measurements, please contact us to discuss the possibilities:

  • Data from the Erken monitoring programme, in particular high frequency measurements:
    Don Pierson (


We are also a member of several national and international networks:

  • SITES: Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Sciences. Erken lab participates in the SITES programs Water, AquaNet and Spectral.
  • GLEON: Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network
  • NETLAKE: Networking Lake Observatories in Europe
  • LTER-Europe: Long-Term Ecological Research Network
  • SWE-NPN: Swedish phenology network
  • AQUACOSM: EU network of mecososm facilities

Publication list

You can find our latest publications in DiVA.

Older Erken publications (1940-2016).

Last modified: 2023-11-03