Extreme Weather events in Skåne. Media trawl 2003-2007


  • Annika Carlsson-Kanyama

Publish date: 2009-02-10

Report number: FOI-R--2708--SE

Pages: 64

Written in: Swedish


  • climate change
  • adaptation
  • extreme weather events
  • Local Climate Impact Profile


The report sets out the results of a trawl of the Skåne local media regarding the consequences of extreme weather events during the years 2003-2007. The purpose has been to try out the first stage in drawing up a Local Climate Impacts Profile. The Local climate Impacts Profile is a method developed in the United Kingdom to enable local authorities to determine, among other things, the vulnerability of the local community to extreme weather events both now and in the future as the climate changes. This knowledge enables decisions to be made on measures to adapt to climate change. The media trawl resulted in 147 press articles which provide a picture of vulnerabilities to extreme weather events, including those relating to Skåne. The articles relate to gales, torrential rain, heat waves and drought, thunderstorms, freezing weather and a number of other weather events. Certain events are described more frequently than others and the articles about gales and torrential rain outnumber those on heat waves and drought. Many different actors are affected, ranging from private individuals to companies and the public sector. In the future it is likely that both torrential rain and heat waves become more frequent and society needs to prepare for this. Continuing work on Local Climate Impacts Profiles is recommended and these should be conducted in coooperation with regional and local actors. Other tools for adaptation to climate change, such as socio-economic scenarios and cost-utility analysis, should be able to complement a Local Climate Impacts Profile.