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How Sweden could look in the future as global temperatures rise

Published torsdag 26 november 2015 kl 10.56
"In some cases, the change will be larger here"
(4:07 min)
Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT
Climate change could make Sweden more susceptible to flooding, like that depicted in this photograph of a park in Malmö last year after a record 100.1 mm of rain fell during the course of 24 hours. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute has launched a new service that gives a glimpse into how different aspects of climate change could affect Sweden in years to come.

The website allows the curious to explore how precipitation, wind, frost and vegetation patterns could be affected in Sweden and other parts of the world, depending on whether global emissions increase or decrease and to what extent.

Gustav Strandberg, a climate scientist at SMHI, describes one of the key changes that he believes Sweden will undergo with the rising global temperature.

"In the big cities, I think the large change will be that we will have more heavy rainfalls that will cause flooding, so the water system is not large enough to handle those amounts of water," said Strandberg.

Problems with harvests in other parts of the world could also affect Sweden's imports of food.

Strandberg hopes that by using the new service, people "will see that climate change is for real, and that it's not only a thing that will affect undeveloped countries or other countries than ours. Climate change is real in Sweden also. In some cases, the change will be larger here than globally."

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