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Kristineberg was created in 1877 on the initiative of Sven Lovén, and is one of the oldest marine stations for education and research in the world. Up to 2007, it was run by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in close partnership with the University of Gothenburg. From 2008, the station has been run by the University of Gothenburg, as a part of Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences (renamed Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure in 2016).


Kristineberg is located at the mouth of the Gullmar fjord, with easy access to coastal habitats and open sea. The Gullmar fjord is 30 km long with a maximum depth of 118 m. Key features that makes this an important marine environment are the excellent water quality with three rather distinct water-masses; surface water of varying salinity depending on the mixture of local runoff and water from the Baltic and Kattegat/Skagerrak surface water, inter-mediate layer dominated by Skagerrak surface water and high saline bottom water from the North Sea at greater depths.

A large number of different habitats including steep rocks, deep basin sediments, sand and mud flats, sea grass beds, and exposed and protected shores, resulting in a very high biodiversity. Scientific studies have taken place in the Gullmar fjord since the 1830s, therefore the fjord is now well documented. The Gullmar fjord is a nature reserve, since 1983, as well as an EU BIOMARE reference area.


How to get there


Under Water Observatory at Kristineberg


About education, research and facilities at the Lovén Centre


The Lovén Centre Kristineberg
Visiting address: Kristineberg, Fiskebäckskil (municipality of Lysekil)
Postal address: Kristineberg 566,
SE-451 78 Fiskebäckskil,
Phone: 46 31 786 95 00

Page Manager: Martin Larsvik|Last update: 4/25/2018

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