Hydrosphere, Cryosphere and Climate

Research area 3

Water circulation at or near Earth’s surface occurs by rainfall, evapotranspiration, surface water and groundwater flows. Frozen water forms snow cover, glaciers, ice sheets and permafrost. We study couplings between water in all physical states and climate systems. This includes effects of natural or man-made changes in land cover, vegetation and water flow paths. We also explore the effects of climate change on water-borne flows of substances including contaminants.
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Water and climate are closely interlinked. This is manifested through the highly heterogeneous terrestrial water cycle, and its water exchanges with the atmosphere and the oceans through precipitation, evapotranspiration, surface water flows and groundwater flows. This research area studies the mutual feedback between climate and water circulation in the crust and its hydrological basins and at different timescales and spatial scales. Reflections and projections of climate-driven changes in coupled surface water-groundwater systems, sediments, the terrestrial cryosphere and ecosystems are considered. In addition to climate change, terrestrial hydrology changes have also other drivers, such as changes in land use, vegetation and water use, which to large extent are related to human activities, and directly affect evapotranspiration, regional climate and atmospheric circulation. We furthermore explore how hydro-climatic changes can influence travel times, transport and attenuation of different water-borne substances including contaminants in various hydrological, geological and environmental reservoirs.  


Research Area 3 Co-Leader
Fernando Jaramillo

Department of Physical Geography (NG)
Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm

Tel. +46 8 16 47 71
Fernando Jaramillo, Department of Physical Geography and the Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University.

Research Area 3 Co-Leader
Anne Soerensen

Department of Environmental Science
and Analytical Chemistry (ACES)
Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm

Tel. +46 8 674 72 78
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