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7th Study Conference
Öland, Sweden
10 - 14 June 2013

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Szczecin, 12-15 May 2014

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Lund, 16-19 June 2014


Baltic Earth Workshop on

Natural hazards and extreme events in the Baltic Sea region

Finnish Meteorological Institute, Dynamicum, Helsinki, 30-31 January 2014

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Thank you for a pleasant and successful Baltic Earth Workshop!

Find presentations, a summary and envisaged actions here...

Scope of the workshop

One of the grand challenges of Baltic Earth, the new Earth System Science programme for the Baltic Sea region and successor to BALTEX, focuses on natural hazards and extreme events in the Baltic Sea region.  Many natural hazards - storms, flooding, droughts, blizzards – are of hydrometeorological origin and can potentially be better understood and forecasted. The most devastating natural hazards are often caused by a combination of several factors. Extreme flooding in a coastal city for instance could be caused by a combined effect of storm surge and river flooding, with additional effects on the water storage in the Baltic Sea. Presently, prediction capabilities as well as knowledge of potential future changes in the occurrence of extreme events are very limited.

In addition to the large scale extreme events, extremes of weather types on monthly to seasonal time scales are also key interest for society, and further research on processes like atmospheric blocking is needed for the development of monthly to seasonal forecast models.

The overarching aim of this Baltic Earth workshop is to review our understanding of extreme events in the past, present and future, and to identify research needs.  Furthermore, workshop goals are

  • to establish links between research groups focusing on observations, statistical analysis and predictions,
  • to identify gaps in knowledge and weaknesses in our ability to observe, understand  and statistically calculate extreme events, and
  • to review modeling capabilities in order  to estimate the occurrence of extreme events.

Projected outcomes of the workshop are

  • to establish a review of the current state-of-the-art research, gaps and advances in observations, analysis, modeling and prediction (focusing on the scientific understanding),
  • to identify partners and establish action items concerning the coordination of overlapping interests, the closure of gaps in knowledge, and the enhancement of networking between groups, and
  • to contribute to the planning of future Baltic Earth research in this area.


Venue of the workshop

The workshop will take place in the Dynamicum of Kampula Campus at University of Helsinki, home of the Finnish Meteorological Institute.



Erik Palménin aukio 1
FI-00560 Helsinki

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Organizing Committee: 
Jari Haapala, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland (
Anna Rutgersson, Uppsala University, Sweden (,
Martin Stendel, Danish Meteorological Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark (
Marcus Reckermann, International Baltic Earth Secretariat at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany (

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