Climate and Environment

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A new ESA project will study how a new type of radar satellite can be used to improve measurements of snow water equivalent. Project leader is Norut IT.

Every nation has its own ideas about what a map should look like, but soon we will get harmonized vegetation maps from Nothern Scandinavia on the web.

Norut IT has developed a report that describes a concept for an integrated information system for surveillance of the marine environment and safe seafood. The report is ordered by Fiskeri- og Havbruksnæringens Forskningsfond (FHF).

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The first weekend in May this year was the warmest since 1934. Snow melting in Norwegian mountains speeded up rapidly, leading to high water levels in the main rivers. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate sent out warnings for a "10 - 20 year flood".

The sheep in Finnmark are gourmets. The menu is topped by juicy herbs and grass in the rich Dark-leaved Willow woods (

Salix myrsinifolia ssp. borealis). Too high grazing pressure results in anthropogenic grassland with monotonous vegetation dominated by Tufted Hair-grass (

Deschampsia cespitosa).

Norut IT is managing the research project PhenoClim, funded by the Norwegian Research Council where the objective is to monitor climate changes. More than 100 elementary schools registered when birches started leafing in 2003, and the results so far correlates well with information from satellite images.

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