ILMAPUSKURI, a joint study of the Natural Resources Institute Finland and the Finnish Meteorological Institute investigated the occurrence probabilities of weather factors that significantly affect agriculture.
As a consequence of climate change, growing conditions change and effective adaptation measures are needed. The results of the project will help in finding effective adaptation measures, and also contribute favourably to Finnish agriculture in the changing weather conditions.
Agricultural production depends largely on the weather during the growing season. Due to Finland's northern location, our growing season is inevitably short and there may be strong variation in the weather conditions from year to year and also within the growing season. Consequently, there are occasionally years with crop losses due to unfavourable weather.
The variables examined in the study included periods of drought and repeated rain within the growing season, very high and low temperatures, and the very mild periods occurring during winter that affect the overwintering crops.
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