SMHI Researchers to participate in major geoscientific conference – EGU 2016

Researchers from around the world will be gathering in Vienna for the annual research conference arranged by the European Geosciences Union (EGU) April 18-22. The conference covers all fields of research concerning the earth, the planets and space. This year the theme is The Active Planet.

SMHI Researchers will be presenting current research in meteorology, hydrology, oceanography and climate.

“EGU makes it possible to interact with other researchers, to discuss the latest research and forge new partnerships,” says Berit Arheimer, researcher in hydrology.

“SMHI is one of few institutions in the world that has grouped the four disciplines meteorology, hydrology, oceanography and climate within the same organisation, which makes us unique and appealing to work with. In hydrology, we are also prominent in large-scale modelling with open data and close cooperation with users from many different sectors of society.”

Invited theme-seminars

Berit Arheimer has been invited by EGU to hold a special seminar based on this year's theme, The Active Planet.

“I'll be talking about water and the fascinating variation in time and space. The world needs water data in order for us to take care of our planet in a better way. There are many topical research questions, including what will happen in a changed climate. We already know a lot about this now, but there are also many uncertainties that we can reduce through the continued research and development of our calculation models.”

Award for outstanding young researchers

At the EGU, Joseph Sedlar, a researcher at SMHI, will receive the EGU’s Award for outstanding young researchers in the field of atmospheric sciences. He is receiving the award for his inspired and creative analyses of Arctic clouds and their impact on the summer surface energy balance of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and for unselfish contributions during Arctic field work.

Besides oral presentations and poster presentations on research at the conference, SMHI researchers have also participated in the planning of some of the conference sessions.



Monday 18 april


Evolution of flood typology across Europe. Yeshewatesfa Hundecha et al.(HS2.1.1)

An intercomparison of a large ensemble of statistical downscaling methods for Europe: Overall results from the VALUE perfect predictor cross-validation experiment. Jose Manuel Gutiérrez et al. From SMHI, Renate Wilcke has participated in the work. (CL5.12/AS1.3/OS4.10)

Extracting gridded probability density functions for precipitation intensity from point measurements. Jan Haerter et al. From SMHI, Peter Berg has participated in the work. (CL5.12/AS1.3/OS4.10)


Improving discharge estimates from routine river flow monitoring in Sweden, Rene Capell och Berit Arheimer (HS2.3.4)


Disentangling the uncertainty of hydrologic drought characteristics in a multi-model century-long experiment in continental river basins. Luis Samaniego et al. From SMHI, Ilias Pechlivanidis has participated in the work.(HS2.1.1)

Pan-European catalogue of flood events. Juraj Parajka et al. From SMHI, Yeshewatesfa Hundecha has participated in the work. (HS1.5)

Two models are better than one – Operational multi-model hydrological forecasting over the European continent Chantal Donnelly et al. From SMHI, Chantal Donnelly, Yeshewatesfa Hundecha, Henrik Spångmyr and Ilias Pechlivanidis have participated in the work. (HS4.3)

Multi objective climate change impact assessment using multi downscaled climate scenarios. Arun Rana et al. (CL5.12/AS1.3/OS4.10)

Tuesday 19 april


Analysis of spatial flow patterns across the Indian subcontinent via multi-basin hydrological modelling, Ilias Pechlivanidis and Berit Arheimer (HS2.1.3)

Dynamically downscaled multi-model ensemble seasonal forecasts over Ethiopia. Shakeel Asharaf et al. From SMHI, Grigory Nikulin has participated in the work. (CL3.01)


Catchment Prediction In Changing Environments (CAPICHE): A Model Inter-Comparison Experiment. Christopher Hutton et al. From SMHI, Ilias Pechlivanidis, René Capell and Berit Arheimer have participated in the work.(HS2.1.1)


Same catchment, different models, same dominant processes? – How temporal patterns of dominant parameters vary between two hydrological models. Björn Guse et al. From SMHI, Ilias Pechlivanidis, Chantal Donnelly and Berit Arheimer have participated in the work. (HS2.1.2)

Precipitation extremes and their relation to climatic indices in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Mahkameh Zarekarizi et al. From SMHI, Arun Rana has participated in the work. (CL3.03/AS4.27)

Wednesday 20 april


Identification of the drivers controlling the seasonal hydrological forecasting skill in Europe. Ilias Pechlivanidis, Henrik Spångmyr och Thomas Bosshard. (HS4.8/CL3.10)

Modeling nutrient retention in the coastal zone of an eutrophic sea - a model study in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden. Elin Almroth-Rosell, Moa Edman, Kari Eilola, Markus Meier, and Jörgen Sahlberg. (BG3.1)

Atmospheric transport, clouds and the Arctic longwave radiation paradox. Joseph Sedlar. (CR6.4/AS1.19)


Hydrological projections of climate change scenarios in the Lena and the Mackenzie basins: modeling and uncertainty issues. Alexander Gelfan et al. From SMHI, David Gustafsson and Berit Arheimer have participated in the work. (CL3.04)

Evaluation of regional-scale hydrological models using multiple criteria for 12 large river basins on all continents. Valentina Krysanova et al From SMHI, Berit Arheimer has participated in the work. (CL3.04)

The impact of climate change on photovoltaic power generation in Europe. Sonia Jerez et al. From SMHI, Grigory Nikulin has participated in the work. (CL3.04)

The radiative response of the lower troposphere to moisture intrusions into the Arctic. Erik Johansson, Abhay Devasthale et al. (CR6.4/AS1.19)

Data-Interpolating Variational Analysis (DIVA) software : recent development and application. Sylvain Watelet et al. From SMHI, Örjan Back has participated in the work. (ESSI1.1)

EGU Award Ceremony 17:30-19:00

Joseph Sedlar receives an award for young researchers.

Thursday 21 april

Theme Lecture

The active liquid Earth – importance of temporal and spatial variability. Berit Arheimer. (TL3)


Open Access to Research Data and Public Sector Information towards Open Science. Co-convener Berit Arheimer (ESSI3.4)


User Driven Development of Software Tools for Open Data Discovery and Exploration. Sascha Schlobinski. From SMHI, Esa Falkenroth has participated in the work. (ESSI3.4)

Geostatistical enhancement of european hydrological predictions. Alessio Pugliese et al. From SMHI, Berit Arheimer has participated in the work. (HS3.2/NH1.26)

Impacts of sea ice / SST changes for the observed climate change –GREENICE project. Fumiaki Ogawa et al. From SMHI, Torben Koenigk has participated in the work. (IE4.1/CL2.08)

Evaluation of climatic changes in South-Asia. Erik Kjellstrom, Arun Rana, Nikulin Grigory, Wilcke Renate, Ulf Hansson, och Michael Kolax. (CL5.09)

Impact of ocean-atmosphere coupling and high resolution on the simulation of medicanes over the Mediterranean Sea: multi-model analysis with Med-CORDEX and EURO-CORDEX runs. Miguel Angel Gaertner et al. From SMHI, Grigory Nikulin has participated in the work. (CL5.09)


Linkages between climate and impact models: uncertainty analytics to substantiate contextual demands (co-organized). PICO-session, Renate Wilcke from SMHI is co-convener. (CL5.08/CR1.16/HS2.4.6/SSS12.21)


Open hydrological data at Berit Arheimer, Lena Strömbäck, Jafet Andersson, Chantal Donnelly, David Gustafsson, Ilias Pechlivianidis, and Johan Strömqvist. (ESSI3.4)

Open data used in water sciences - Review of access, licenses and understandability. Esa Falkenroth, Emma Lagerbäck Adolphi och Berit Arheimer. (ESSI3.4)

Pan-European modelling of riverine nutrient concentrations – spatial patterns, source detection, trend analyses, scenario modelling. Alena Bartosova, Berit Arheimer, Rene Capell, Chantal Donnelly, and Johan Strömqvist. (HS2.3.8)

The Evolution of Root Zone Storage Capacity after Land Use Change. Remko C. Nijzink et al. From SMHI, Ilias Pechlivanidis, René Capell and Berit Arheimer have participated in the work.(HS10.4)

How fast is Arctic climate really changing? An insight from recent past, present day and near future coupled model simulations. Torben Koenigk et al. (IE4.6/CL3.02/AS1.18/CR1.9/OS1.8)

Dynamical downscaling of warming scenarios with NEMO-Nordic setup for the North Sea and Baltic Sea. Matthias Gröger, Elin Almroth Rosell, Helén Anderson, Lars Axell, Christain Dieterich, Moa Edman, Kari Eilola, Anders Höglund, Robinson Hordoir, Jenny Hieronymus, Bengt Karlsson, Ye Liu, Markus Meier, Per Pemberton och Sofia Saraiva. (CL4.04)

Changes in extreme sea levels in the Baltic Sea. Christian Dieterich, Matthias Gröger, Helén Andersson, Signild Nerheim, and Anette Jönsson.(CL4.04)

Friday 22 april