This week I received note that the Swedish Research Council Formas has approved 3 MSEK (approx 360,000 USD) in funding for our proposal The missing link: How does climate affect human conflict and cooperation through water? with me as PI. I am really excited to now be able to continue and expand work on this topic, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Utah.
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!
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!
Since this autumn, I am the program responsible for our department’s Master’s program in hydrology, hydrogeology and water resources. I look forward to developing the program and continue to contribute to its courses. You can read more about the program and how to apply by following this link.
At the Bolin Centre “Climate Festival“, I gave a public lecture on climate and conflict. The topic is clearly of high interest – I generally present to smaller audiences than to the crowd that filled our large lecture hall for this event. The talk was also summarized in a brief at Biståndsdebatten.se, an online platform for discussions about aid and development issues.
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.
The results of our modeling of future Arctic river discharge change, and where to monitor it, is now online in Earth’s Future. The paper is open access and free to read for everyone. A nice end to the year!
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!
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.
A number of colleagues and I have a new paper in Regional Environmental Change where we model sediment transport in the Brahmaputra river. We also evaluate what projected future changes to the climate may entail for the sediment load, and what data that must be improved first to reduce uncertainty. The paper is in press and can be found at this link.