Climate in Svalbard 2100: A Knowledge Base for Climate Adaptation

M. Adakudlu, J. Andresen, J. Bakke, et al.
Posted on: 11/24/2020 - Updated on: 12/21/2020

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Kathryn Braddock



This report was commissioned by the Norwegian Environment Agency in order to provide basic information for climate change effect studies and climate change adaptation in Svalbard. It includes descriptions of historical, as well as projections for future climate development in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and ocean, and it includes effects on the physical nature, e.g. risks associated with landslides and avalanches. The projections for future climate are based on the global climate models used in the IPCCs fifth assessment report (IPCC, 2013). Dependent on availability of model data, three scenarios for emissions of greenhouse gases are used: “RCP8.5” (“business as usual”; “high emissions”), “RCP4.5” (reductions after 2040; “medium emissions”) and “RCP2.6” (drastic cuts from 2020; “low emissions”). Climate change in the atmosphere and land surface are projected up to the year 2100 and in the ocean up to the year 2070. 

The report is to a large degree an assessment of existing literature and model results, e.g. the Arctic CORDEX regional climate models. However, it also includes results from novel atmospheric and hydrological models. Statistical methods were applied to downscale temperature from all CMIP5models. Further, a ne scale atmospheric regionalclimate model was applied for estimating changes in e.g. heavy rainfall, frost days, snow, permafrost and glaciers.