Karin Ebert

Karin Ebert

Associate Professor

Head of Department

Senior Lecturer

Associate professor, sen. lecturer in environmental sciences and geographical information systems (GIS). Head of Department of Environment, Development and Sustainability Studies.

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Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies



I am interested in exploiting the uncountable possibilities of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) with a variety of applications in environmental science. My newest project is about the relation between the pattern of COVID-19 and different environmental factors.

I got my PhD in 2009 and became Associate Professor in Physical Geography in 2016, both at the Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University. Originally I am geomorphologist, using GIS as a tool, for environmental risk assessment and in glacial-geomorphological landscape development. Since 2017 I am senior lecturer in environmental sciences and GIS at Södertörn University.


Currently I am teaching GIS with an emphasis on its applications in environmental sciences. I teach with a combination of lectures and practical exercises and projects. In my lectures I emphasize that GIS is the tool to reach your goal – don’t be afraid of GIS, explore its possibilities and reach your goal. Another main point in my lectures is the connection between GIS and reality - the important awareness about where your data come from and what they really show. This includes sources of error and of course copyright issues and correct referencing.

The connection between university education and the labour market is of major importance. I make great effort to keep up to date, to keep in touch with alumni and the organize meetings between my students and alumni.

Course responsible for:

  • GIS för miljö och utveckling (GIS for environment and development)
  • GIS II (GIS distance course, advanced, ArcGIS Pro, given in English)

Teaching in the following courses:

  • Statistik för miljövetare (Statistics for environmental scientists)
  • MKB, miljökonsekvensbeskrivningar (Environmental impact-assessment)
  • Statistik och GIS för Utveckling och internationellt samarbete (Statistics and GIS for development studies)
  • GIS I (GIS distance course, introduction, ArcGIS Pro, given in English)

Supervision of Bachelors theses

Some recent publications

(see Karin Ebert google scholar External link. for full list):

Ebert, K., Houts, R., Noce, S., 2022: Lower COVID-19 incidence in low-continentality west-coast areas of Europe. GeoHealth.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GH000568

Eriksson, M., Ebert, K., Jarsjö, J., 2018: Well Salinization Risk and Effects of Baltic Sea Level Rise on the Groundwater-Dependent Island of Öland, Sweden. Water 10(2): 141.
DOI: 10.3390/w10020141

Ströberg, A., Ebert, K., Jarsjö, J., Frampton, A., 2017: Contaminated area instability along Ångerman Älven River, northern Sweden. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 189: 118. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-017-5839-0

Ebert, K., Ekstedt, K., Jarsjö, J., 2016: GIS analysis of effects of future Baltic sea level rise on the island of Gotland, Sweden. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 16: 1571-1582. DOI: 10.5194/nhess-16-1571-2016

Ebert, K., 2015: GIS analyses of ice-sheet erosional impacts on the exposed shield of Baffin Island, eastern Canadian Arctic. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 52: 966-979.
DOI: 10.1139/cjes-2015-0063

Ebert, K., Hall, A.M., Kleman, J., Andersson, J., 2015: Unequal ice-sheet erosional impacts across low-relief shield terrain in northern Fennoscandia. Geomorphology 233: 64-74.
DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.09.024

Ebert, K., Axelsson, L., Harbor, J., 2015: Opportunities and challenges for building alumni networks in Sweden: A case study of Stockholm University. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 37(2): 252-262. DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2015.1019117

Link to my website External link.

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