Berit Arheimer appointed SMHI's Professor of Hydrology

“Berit Arheimer has a very high level of scientific and pedagogical competence. She has a broad international network and solid experience in strategic research management. In the role as professor, she will have the opportunity to further develop SMHI's hydrological research,” says SMHI's Director General, Håkan Wirtén.

Portrait of Berit Arheimer
Berit Arheimer is appointed SMHI's Professor of Hydrology.

The position of professor of hydrology at SMHI comprises research and supervision of research. The work also includes scientific direction and development of the research environment at SMHI.  

The main scientific focus for the professorship will be development of knowledge and tools for water management, together with hydrological processes and hydrological modelling.

“Berit Arheimer has made significant contributions to develop both national and international hydrology during her years at SMHI. As SMHI's professor of hydrology, she will be able to focus even more on strengthening and developing SMHI's role as a relevant research actor at a high, international level,” says Helén Andersson, Head of SMHI's Research Department.

Berit Arheimer also has a great interest in research communication, outreach and the use of research results in society, not least in international capacity development contexts.

Assumes the professorship on December 1, 2021

SMHI’s directive was changed in 2017 so that the authority is now able to employ one professor for each subject area; meteorology, hydrology, oceanography and climatology. The professorship in climatology is held by Erik Kjellström. Berit Arheimer assumes the position of SMHI’s Professor of Hydrology on December 1, 2021.

SMHI, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, is an expert authority with a global outlook and a vital mission to forecast changes in weather, water and climate. With a scientific foundation, we use knowledge, research and services to contribute to a more sustainable society. The SMHI Research Department consists of about 120 employees, mainly focused on applied research, method and model development.