Are certain groups in society more likely to suffer from disease and premature death due to air pollution in the Nordic countries? If this is the case, what significance does it have for the distribution of welfare in the Nordic countries? New Nordic research collaboration will try to come up with some answers to these questions.
A new EU project will improve observations of the status of Europe's coastal waters, including algal blooms. Existing observation systems will be linked together and new methods will be developed. SMHI is one of 33 institutes that are collaborate in the project, which will continue for four years.
The first two out of nine training programmes on climate change mitigation and adaptation targeted at three regions in Africa have commenced. SHMI experts kicked off the programmes with a one week regional seminar in Ethiopia for Eastern Africa and Niger for West Africa. A total of 60 participants attended from both regions and will continue their training in Sweden this autumn. The southern African programme starts next spring.
Seasonal forecasts can have great potential for many groups that are affected by climatic variations and that could manage such variations to their advantage through better understanding. Progress is being made right now in the development of seasonal hydrological forecasts.
Sustainable growth can only be achieved if the use of marine areas is planned sensibly, bringing about synergies where different activities benefit each other. This is the key idea behind a new research project to support growth in the maritime sector in and around the Gulf of Bothnia.