Björn Nyberg

Earth Observations


I am a geospatial analyst passionate about advancements in GIS and remote sensing to understand the changing physical world due to climate change, sea-level rise and human influence. This website contains a selection of projects, tools and maps that I have developed over the years.Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions.

Have questions about the plugins or GIS and remote sensing workflows? Please do not hesitate to contact for a consultation.

  • GIS and Remote Sensing

  • Open Source Solutions

  • Geopatial Analysis

  • Machine Learning

  • Earth Sciences


I have developed a number of different open-source plugins designed to analyse geospatial information for geoscientists.

Geometric Attributes - Tools to characterize the length, width and adjacency of objects to one another for river morphology, ecological analysis and much more.NetworkGT - Creating specialised tools to characterize the geometry and topology of fracture networks for improved geothermal, groundwater and CO2 storage assessment.SEDucate - Creating tailored sedimentary log exercises for an active learning environment.


This page contains a small sample of interactive maps that I have created or collaborated on in my research.

Global Channel Belt

Global Island Explorer

Plastic Pollution in rivers



  • Nyberg, B., Harris, P., Kane, I., Maes., T. (In Revision). Legacy of Mismanaged Plastic Waste in Rivers and Future Scenarios. Science of the Total Environment.

  • Keers, H. & Nyberg, B. (In Revison). Geoscience Education, Technology and the Pandemic: Results from Two Worldwide Surveys. Geoscience Education Journal.

  • Nyberg, B., Keers, H., Næesheim, S., Vedå, L., Weismann, G.S. (In Revision). SEDucate: Sedimentary Log Exercises for an Active Learning Environment. Sedimentologika.

  • Nyberg, B., Henstra, G., Gawthorpe, R., Ravnås, R., Ahokas, J. (2022) Planetary Scale Analysis of the Morphology of River Channels and Channel Belt Deposits. Eartharxiv Prepr., doi:10.31223/X5Q066

  • Zuchuat, V., Poyatos-Moré, M., Nyberg, B., Nanson, R., Sagar, S., Lymburner, L., Bishop-Taylor, R. (2022). Use of remote-sensing to quantify the distribution of progradation/erosion along a forced-regressive modern coastline: driving factors and impact on the stratigraphic record Eartharxiv Prepr.,

  • Nyberg, B., Helland-Hansen., W, Gawthorpe. R, Tillmans, F., Sandbaklken, P. (2021). Assessing First-Order BQART Estimates for Ancient Source-to-Sink Mass Budget calculations. Basin Research. p. 1– 18.

  • Harris, P. T., Westerveld, L., Nyberg, B., Maes, T., Macmillan-Lawler, M., & Appelquist, L. R. (2021). Exposure of coastal environments to river-sourced plastic pollution. Science of The Total Environment, 769, 145222.

  • Sayre, R., Butler, K., Van Graafeiland, K., Breyer, S., Wright, D., Frye, C., Karagulle, D., Martin, M., Cress, J., Allen, T., Allee, R. J., Parsons, R., Nyberg, B., Costello, M. J., Harris, P., Muller-Karger, F. E. (2021). A Global Ecological Classification of Coastal Segments. Oceanography.

  • Klausen, T., Nyberg, B. & Helland-Hansen, W. (2019). The largest delta plain in Earth’s history. Geology. Vo. 5, p. 470.474.

  • Sayre, R., Noble, S., Wright, D., Breyer, S., Butler, Kevin., Van Graafeiland, K., Frye, C., Karagulle, D. Hopkins, D., Stephens, D., Kelly, K., Basher, Z., Nyberg, B., Hamann, S., Paco VanSistine, D.,. (2019). A new 30 meter resolution global shoreline vector and associated global islands database for the development of standardized ecological coastal units. Journal of Operational Oceanography.

  • Nyberg, B., Gawthorpe, R., L. & Helland-Hansen, W. (2018). The distribution of rivers to terrestrial sinks: Implications for sediment routing systems. Geomorphology, Vo. 316, p. 1-23.

  • Nyberg, B., Helland-Hansen, W., Gawthorpe, R., L, Sandbakken, P., Eide, C., Sømme, T., HadlerJacobsen, F., Leiknes, S. (2018). Revisiting Morphological Relationships of Modern Source-to-Sink Segments as a First-Order Approach to Scale Ancient Sedimentary Systems. Sedimentary Geology. Vo. 373, p. 111-133.

  • Nyberg, B., Nixon, C.W., Sanderson, D.J., NetworkGT: A GIS tool for the Geometric and Topological Analysis of Fracture Networks. (2018). Geosphere. Vo. 14, no. 4, p. 1618 – 1634.

  • Nyberg, B. & Howell, J.A. (2016). Global distribution of modern shallow marine shorelines.

  • Implications for exploration and reservoir analogue studies, Marine and Petroleum Geology, Vo. 71, p. 83-104.

  • Nyberg, B., Buckley, S.J., Howell, J.A., Nanson, R.A. (2015). Geometric attribute and shape characterization of modern depositional elements: A quantitative GIS method for empirical analysis, Computers & Geosciences, Vo. 82, 2015, p. 191-204.

  • Nyberg, B. & Howell, J.A. (2015). Is the present the key to the past? A global characterization of modern sedimentary basins, Geology. Vo. 43 no. 7, p. 643-646.


  • Nyberg, B., Keers, H., Næesheim, S., Vedå, L., Weismann, G.S. (2022). SEDucate Plugin. Available at

  • Nyberg, B., Nixon, C.W., Sanderson, D.J. (2018). NetworkGT Toolbox. Available at doi:10.5281/zenodo.3829006

  • Nyberg, B., Buckley, S.J., Howell, J.A., Nanson, R.A. (2015). Geometric Attributes Toolbox. Available at doi: 10.5281/zenodo.3829010


  • Nyberg, B., Henstra, G., Gawthorpe, R., Ravnås, R., Ahokas, J (2022). Global River Morphology (GRM) database. doi:10.5281/zenodo.6624935

  • Nyberg, B., Harris, P., Kane, I., Maes., T. (2022). Legacy of Mismanaged Plastic Waste (MPW) in Rivers. doi:10.7910/DVN/ETH8VN

  • Nyberg, B., Helland-Hansen, W., Gawthorpe, R., L, Sandbakken, P., Eide, C., Sømme, T., Hadler-Jacobsen, F., Leiknes, S. (2018). Source-to-Sink Database (S2S). doi:10.7910/DVN/ETH8VN

  • Nyberg, B., Gawthorpe, R., L. & Helland-Hansen, W. (2018). Global Terrestrial Sink Catchment (GTSC). doi:10.7910/DVN/O51TYC

  • Nyberg, B. & Howell, J.A. (2016). Global Shoreline Ternary Process Classification (GSTPC). doi:10.7910/DVN/4FUYGD

  • Nyberg, B. & Howell, J.A., (2015). Global Modern Sedimentary Basins (GMSB). doi:10.7910/DVN/OFQU9J



Mapping sedimentary environments based on earth observations for ecosystem accounting and landscape evolution.


Understanding the transport and storage of plastics in sedimentary environments over different timescale and by different mechanisms is vital for mitigation.


Historical and future coastal change provide insights into coastal inundation and risk assessments.


Knowledge of the permanent and seasonal change in rivers and lakes help to improve water resource management.


Rivers erode, transport and store sediments from source to sink to shape our landscapes. Knowledge of river behavior can help in flood risk mitigation, ecosystem conservation, and freshwater resource management.


Fractures rarely occur individually, but rather as a network of interconnected fractures. Improved characterization and mapping of fracture networks aid in geothermal exploration, CO2 sequenstration and groundwater management.


Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding questions, collaborations or consultancy.


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