Research Projects

Ongoing

International

  • COST. The main objective of the Action is to evaluate and improve our ability to project the consequences of environmental change for European forests by addressing questions regarding data needs, scaling, parameterization, and predictive accuracy of forest models.
  • CORE-CLIMAX (2013-2015) Project focuses on assuring the quality of the essential climate variables measured by satellites and determining their utilization rate. This information is critical for numerical weather prediction models; both in data assimilation, and in creating re-analyses. Global re-analyses will be compared to local re-analyses. The potential for utilizing the information mentioned above will be mapped by user surveys. Deliverable D552, Reanalysis and user needs with respect to Climate Change Services.
  • RAIN (Risk analysis of infrastructure Networks in response to extreme weather). Project contributes to minimising the impact of extreme weather events on transport, energy and telecommunication networks. The project will develop early warning systems, decision support tools and engineering solutions to ensure rapid reinstatement of the network. FMI contributes to the identification of extreme weather events, assessment of predictability and the probability of extreme weather hazards in the present and the projected future climate.

National

  • EXWE/SAFIR2018 (2015-2018) The primary objective of the research is to support the overall safety of nuclear power plants by enhancing scientific understanding of the environmental conditions of the plant's location and predicting how they can change. The project primarily focuses on extreme weather and sea level events that affect the design principles of the power plants and might pose external threats to the plants. In addition, the project aims to improve the estimates of potential solar storm effects and to provide a modern platform for atmospheric dispersion modelling of accidental releases.
  • PLUMES (2014-2018) Pathways for linking uncertainties in climate model projections and effects.
  • ADAPT (2012-2016) Joint research project between the  Finnish Meteorological Institute and the  University of Eastern Finland  for understanding the potential impact of climate change on forest growth and management. Weather and climate analyses focus on the combined effect of storms, unfrozen soil conditions, snow loads and sensitivity to forest fires.
  • DECADE (2011-2015) Decadal climate prediction in adaptation to climate change. One of the objectives is to provide evidence of the decadal climate variability and predictability in the Nordic Region with the aim to assess the impact on forest growth, and energy production and demand. This project builds on the expertise of three parties: the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the  Department of Forest Sciences from the University of Helsinki, and the School of Economics at Aalto University.
  • ILMAPUSKURI Project studies how climate change adaptation measures in agriculture can improve production systems and methods at both the regional and national level. This project generates important knowledge on how the vulnerability of agriculture can be reduced and how the buffering ability and resilience can be improved with regard to climate change, climate variability, and changes in the occurrence and strength of extreme weather events. The project is carried out in cooperation with MTT Agrifood Research Finland.

Participation to international consulting

  • Water and Adaptation Interventions in Central and West Asia, our task in the project is to provide climate data and climate scenarios for the Central Asian countries to be used in hydrological modelling
  • Strengthening the resilience of people living in urban and semi-urban areas to weather-related disasters in Malawi and Mozambique
  • Adaptation to climate change, A review of activities in Mozambique and Zambia

Past projects

International

  • EAKR-ILKKA (2012-2014) The objective of FMI is to map how the strength of the urban heat island effect depends on the weather type. The goal of the project is also to add information of the city-specific extreme weather events and climate change impacts. The research is carried out in cooperation with the University of Turku and city of Turku. The results will also be presented in the Climate Guide -web portal.
  • FUME (2009-2013) Project aims at evaluating how climate variability and change, and societal changes in the last decades have affected forest fires in Europe.
  • EWENT Aims at assessing the impacts and consequences of extreme weather events on EU transport system
  • VACCIA, Vulnerability Assessment of ecosystem services for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
  • Climate Guide, Climate change information dissemination portal

National

  • EXWE/SAFIR2014 (2011-2014). The focus is on the evaluation of climate events that are not observed but are possible in theory, together with studying future climate and climate model results through statistical and dynamical methods. The overall objective of the research is to produce a comprehensive study about the frequency, intensity, spatial and temporal variation and the impacts of the extreme weather and sea level events that are relevant from the point of safety of nuclear power plants, as well as clarify the influence of climate change on these.
  • SAFE MET. Malawi and Zambia are among the poorest and least-developed countries in the world. Climate variability and climate change increases the challenges in the development of these countries. This project focuses on the connection between mitigation of climate risks and adaptation to climate change. In addition, the adaptation to climate change is studied by examining the usage of climate services in the weather derivative market and in humanitarian aid. In addition to Finnish Meteorological Institute, the responsible parties are the Hanken School of Economics and the University of Tampere.
  • ACCLIM, The changing climate in Finland: estimates for adaptation studies. The main outcomes of the ACCLIM project include; (i) return periods of extreme weather events based on observations at twelve weather stations, (ii) climate scenarios and probabilistic estimates of changes in climate over Finland based on an analysis of global and regional climate model simulations, (iii) guidance in the use of climate information in climate change impacts and adaptation research.
  • POSIVA 2013 Climate projections in the scale of 300 to 100.000 years to be used in design of the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. The study utilizes both paleoclimatological records and climate model simulations.
  • FRAME Future envelope assemblies and HVAC solutions. One aim was to produce Up-to-date weather data for building energy calculations representing typical weather conditions in Finland in the current climate and in the anticipated future climate.

 

25.6.2015