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New project studies air pollutants from forest fires

Air QualityClimate

There have been several major forest fires in the large, forested areas of the northern hemisphere in recent years, and these have led to an increase in air pollutants which affect human health. Researchers are now investigating how a changed climate with rising temperatures and more extreme …

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Climate change makes reducing eutrophication even more important

OceanographyClimate

Significant reductions in nutrient discharges from the land will result in reduced eutrophication in the Baltic Sea and a better marine environment by 2100 – regardless of how serious the effects of climate change are. These are the findings of research carried out by Stockholm University’s Baltic …

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Cyanobacteria bloom in the Baltic Sea – learn about the phenomenon

Oceanography

This year’s cyanobacteria bloom in the Baltic Sea has just started. The bloom is visible in satellite images from SMHI’s monitoring system ’Baltic Algae Watch System’. SMHI has also created a short informative film raising the awareness about algae and phytoplankton, and their role in the marine …

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Impressions from the WCRP JSC-41 Conference in May 2020

The WCRP Joint Scientific Committee Session is an annual meeting where the leaders of the WCRP research community discuss progress towards the Programme's objectives and make decisions that will determine the future direction of the Programme. The 41st Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee …

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New generation of high resolution climate models used at the Rossby Centre

Climate

As the climate changes, high-resolution and regional climate models become increasingly important as a basis for decision making. HCLIM is a regional climate model that can run at high resolution and is able to reproduce precipitation extremes, urban temperature, climate over mountainous regions …

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Launch of an art contest in marine environment for students on World Oceans Day!

OceanographyClimate

An art contest on the theme climate change impacts on the marine environment is today launched by the ClimeMarine project at SMHI and Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. Students in Sweden are invited to illustrate this exciting and important issue.

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Towards warning systems for urban flooding

Hydrology

The European project MUFFIN (Multi-Scale Flood Forecasting) aimed to develop innovative systems and solutions for predicting and managing flooding in urban environments. This included comparing and evaluating observation and forecasting systems ranging from local to national scales. The …

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Measuring wind with the Aeolus research satellite

Atmospheric Remote Sensing

Understanding the wind in the atmosphere is very important for both weather forecasts and climate models. In August 2018 the satellite Aeolus was therefore launched to test a completely new way of measuring winds over the entire world using a very sophisticated Doppler wind lidar instrument. The …

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Earlier spring peak of ground level ozone positive for vegetation

Air QualityClimate

Changes in levels of ground level ozone have been analysed by researchers in a multi-year research programme. They can now ascertain that there is a trend towards a narrower overlap between the year’s maximal level of ground level ozone and the early growth period, which is positive.

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New research gives an indication of the amount of summer precipitation in Northern Europe

MeteorologyRossby CentreClimate

Researchers at SMHI have found a teleconnection between the atmospheric conditions over the subtropical Pacific during spring and summer precipitation in the Northern Europe. This discovery creates the prerequisite for a simple, yet relatively accurate, estimate of summer precipitation several …

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