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More than 100 climate simulations show the future climate

Climate

Researchers at SMHI have completed over 100 regional climate simulations for Europe, Africa, the Arctic, the Middle East and South Asia within the framework of the CORDEX project. The result is detailed regional material that is unique in its size.

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Better infrastructure for continued development of climate models

Climate

More complex climate models make great demands on a well-functioning computer environment. In a newly established EU project, SMHI is developing and simplifying collaboration between researchers by building up the infrastructure and support services for climate research.

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A new research programme to achieve an improved understanding of the Earth system for the Baltic Sea region

Oceanography

A new international and interdisciplinary research programme, Baltic Earth, is launched. The aim of Baltic Earth is to achieve an improved understanding of the Earth system for the Baltic Sea region, focusing on physical and biogeochemical processes which interact in the atmosphere, in the sea …

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Europe's discharge of nitrogen and phosphorus calculated

Hydrology

Agriculture discharges the most nitrogen into Europe's coastal seas. Discharges of phosphorus come from treatment works to a larger extent, although in some areas agriculture and forestry are responsible for large discharges. This is shown by a study carried out by scientists at SMHI.

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Satellite images make it possible to monitor ice break-up in Torne River

Hydrology

SMHI has used high-resolution satellite images for the first time to monitor ice break-up in Torne River, one of Sweden’s largest unregulated rivers.

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Satellite measurements show hidden water content of snow

Hydrology

As spring arrives, many people are generally interested in the snow vanishing. Others are more interested in the water that is stored in the snow layer. Satellite measurements can show the extent and water content of the snow coverage, and where it will melt.

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Satellite data provide insight into melting Arctic ice

Meteorology

In September 2012, the smallest ice spread to date in the Arctic was recorded. With data from satellites, scientists at SMHI have analysed changes in the atmosphere, and then compared the conditions for the ice melt in 2012 with 2007, the previous record low for ice spread.

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Higher temperatures affect intensive rain showers

MeteorologyClimate

Higher temperatures affect the conditions for cloud formation and rainfall. Heavy rain showers, such as summer thunderstorms, are influenced more by temperature than rain from larger widespread rain systems. Heavy rain has far-reaching consequences for society, and these could worsen at higher …

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New way of predicting ice on wind turbines

Meteorology

As wind turbines become an increasingly important source of energy, there is a growing need to better predict when ice forms on them and prevents electricity from being produced. A research project at SMHI has developed new methods for projecting ice formation on wind turbines.

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New climatology on clouds and radiation from weather satellite data

Meteorology

The properties and distribution of clouds around the globe are important to climate research. There is now a 28-year compilation of clouds and radiation – a cloud climatology – based on data from polar satellites.

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