Talk on water conflicts and science panel about Al Gore’s new film

Today I gave an invited talk on the link between climate and water variations and conflicts and cooperation at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. We had an interesting discussion afterwards, touching among other things on the differences between domestic and international conflicts, the importance of water issues on the global policy agenda, and transnational dependency on water resources both from the surface and atmospheric water side.

After the talk I rushed to the press screening of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel at the UIP Stockholm office, after which I participated in a science panel discussing the film’s message with journalists. A fun and exciting day!

Open PhD position in Hydro-climatic change impact on water-related health factors

I will be the main advisor for a new PhD student in the hydrology group at Stockholm University, focusing on hydrological modeling and analysis to understand water-related health factors. We are looking for a motivated candidate who is enthusiastic about working with quantitative and collaborative research in this field. Please see the advertisement and submit your application at this link. In case of questions, feel free to contact me!

Working paper on water and conflict

I and Eric Sjöberg, an environmental economist colleague in the US, have investigated the influence on climate on conflict and cooperation in international river basins. Our results are now published as a working paper from the University of Utah. We find that effects are complex, but that more water availability generally is associated with more positive outcomes. You can find the paper at this link.

Talk on Arctic discharge monitoring under climate change at AGU

On Thursday, Dec 15 at 9.15-9.30, I will have a talk at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. This presentation is about work together with Richard Lammers and Alexander Shiklomanov at UNH, where we evaluate discharge changes in the pan-Arctic during this century. Our analysis is the first to present a detailed account of Arctic discharge changes based on hydrological modeling and multi-scenario data from CMIP5, the latest set of coordinated global climate model runs. We also devise a method to determine where stations should be placed to monitor these changes and identify a set of hot-spot areas. Hope to see you there (Moscone West 3005), and drop me a note if you want to meet at AGU!

Arctic Freshwater Synthesis in EOS Editors’ Vox

The blog of AGU journal editors, the EOS Editors’ Vox, today highlights our JGR special issue from the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis. This is very timely as the White House hosted the Arctic Science Ministerial on the same day. Several of the key themes of the ministerial were prominent also in the AFS, particularly the extra-Arctic effects of freshwater change and the importance of data sharing. Hopefully, freshwater will in the future be an Arctic policy priority that reflects its scientific importance.

Researcher in water, climate, and water information