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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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Forecasts of river ice break-up for the Lena River unexpectedly accurate on the first attempt

HydrologyClimate

SMHI’s hydrological model seems to have accurately predicted the ice break-up for the Lena River at Yakutsk in eastern Siberia – on the first attempt. The forecasting is made as part of a new project, where researchers from SMHI, together with partners from Russia, Japan and local …

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Researchers studying how climate change affects nature and society in Siberia

HydrologyClimate

A new project that aims to increase resilience to climate change impacts in the Republic of Sakha, in Eastern Siberia, Russia, has started. The project, named HYdrology, PErmafrost and Resilience in Eastern Russian Arctic and Subarctic (HYPE-ERAS), will develop new knowledge about the relationship …

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North pole soon to be ice free in summer

Rossby CentreClimate

The Arctic Ocean in summer will very likely be ice free before 2050, at least temporally. The efficacy of climate-protection measures will determine how often and for how long. These are the results of a new research study involving 21 research institutes from around the world, coordinated by Dirk …

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New insights into why new global climate projections show faster warming

Rossby CentreClimate

Last year, the SMHI Rossby Centre presented its first future climate projections using the new version of the global climate model EC-Earth. The new results showed warming taking place at a faster rate than suggested by previous calculations, but the reasons behind it were not fully understood. A …

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SMHI participates in creating flood forecasting and alert system for West Africa

Hydrology

In February 2020, SMHI led a five-day workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, within the FANFAR project. Together with counterparts from seventeen West African countries, a co-designed flood forecasting and alert system is now being tested operationally.

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Including a climate perspective in Swedish marine planning

OceanographyClimate

How the climate affects the sea is an important aspect of sustainable marine planning. The latest calculations of how a changed climate may affect the Baltic Sea and the North Sea will be incorporated into Sweden’s current marine planning.

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