Short name: SMHI
Contact name:  Bengt Karlson
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SMHI, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, is the Swedish governmental agency, under the Ministry of Environment, for meteorology, climate, hydrology and oceanography. SMHI operates national observational networks and data management systems for the atmosphere, rivers and lakes, and the seas in areas of interest for Sweden. The national observations are supplemented by an extensive international data exchange. SMHI operates oceanographic buoys in the Baltic and the Skagerrak-Kattegat, some in cooperation with Swedish universitites. Together with the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) SMHI operates a FerryBox system on the route Gothenburg-Kemi-Uleåborg-Lübeck-Gothenburg. As part of the Swedish national marine environmental monitoring programme monthly oceanographic cruises are carried out. SMHI runs daily operational meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic forecast models.

Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

WP1 SMHI will provide expertise in general with a focus on biological oceanographic processes WP2 SMHI will contribute with experiences from operating the swedish oceanographic buoys, a FerryBox system and with biological, chemical and physical oceanographic data for harmonisation of methods etc.

WP3 SMHI will develop automated plankton analyses and sampling systems, HF radar for current and wave measurements. WP4 SMHI will lead the Joint Research Project on Pelagic biodiversity and also contribute to work on HF radar, carbon flow and the carbonate system. WP5 SMHI will lead the task on developing quality control systems for chemical oceanographic data and develop a road map for a system for managing FerryBox data on a European level.

Relevant Projects- previous and existing:

HABES Harmful Algal Bloom Expert System, HABILE Harmful Algal Bloom nInitiation in Large European Ecosystems, JERICO, MyOcean (I, II and Follow Up), ECOSUPPORT, SeaDataNet, EMODnet, SOROS – Scandinavian Ocean Radar Observing System, 2012-2014, Interreg IVA, Saracus – Using satellite data and coastal HF radar to map and validate sea surface currents and to detect ships in Skagerrak, 2013-2014, Swedish Space Agency, Project on ocean acidification funded by Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Estimating nitrogen fixation in past and future climates of the Baltic Sea (funded by Swedish Research Council), Lifewatch Sweden (funded by the Swedish Research Council) , Project on data assimilation funded by the Swedish Space Agency. Several smaller projects for HELCOM and OSPAR on commission for the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.