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New knowledge of climate effects on lakes thanks to open data

The European Union’s focus on acquiring data in Copernicus, a European cooperation for monitoring of the earth, has made a large amount of data openly accessible and useable. In a case study of climate change in water courses in Jönköping County, SMHI has created new knowledge to the benefit of the …

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Climate change shifts timing of European floods

A linkage between climate change and floods has been identified using a new international river flow dataset of unparalleled scale and diversity, to which SMHI has contributed. This is the first time this link has been demonstrated at a continental scale using observational data. A collaborative …

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Reduced spring flooding a result of climate change – may be counteracted through water regulation

In Sweden and other areas of the world with snow cover part of the year, the regulation of rivers has altered the flow regimes of springtime floods to at least as great an extent as coming climate change will alter them. Scientists are now suggesting that water regulation could be used in climate …

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SMHI at major European geoscience conference

Climate change, precipitation and open data and transparency in water research. There are some topics that SMHI researchers present at the major geoscience conference EGU 2017 in Vienna, 23-28 April.

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Introducing a new virtual water-science lab that supports open-source research

A new virtual water-science lab that has been developed by the EU project SWITCH-ON is opening its doors. The water-science lab allows researchers to collaborate and observe each other’s experiments before they are even published. This speeds up the progress of the research and opens it up for …

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The coastal zone can reduce eutrophication of the Baltic Sea

The coastal zone is the area where the land meets the sea. A number of nutrients that are carried by the water from the land remain in the coastal zone. Research has now shown that the coastal zone can reduce the eutrophication in the open seas.

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Cloud-cloud collisions lead to heavier precipitation

Cloud-cloud collisions are very important for creating intensive rain showers, whilst individual clouds have more difficulty growing bigger. Researchers have used many high-resolution models to investigate how precipitation is affected by increasing temperatures. The study has been published in …

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Radars to teach us more about rainy weather

How big is a torrential rainstorm? How quickly is it moving? How is its intensity changing? These are the questions that researchers are trying to answer by processing radar information to find out more about rainfall. Ultimately, this could lead to improved risk assessment in the context of …

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New study reveals difference in oxygen isotopes between heavy downpours and large-scale precipitation

In a new study published in Nature Geoscience, researchers have revealed a difference in the distribution of oxygen isotopes between heavy downpours and more widespread rainfall areas. The oxygen isotope 18O is more common in heavy downpours. The discovery makes it possible to study precipitation …

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Switch-On selected as EU success story – again!

The story of Switch-On has been included in yet another compilation booklet of success stories which includes projects from different areas covered by the societal research challenge "Climate Action and Resource Efficiency". It has been selected together with two other actions on EU research within …

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