Case studies

The examples below aim to provide inspiration and to share experiences of different types of climate change adaptation work in Sweden.

Better healthcare preparedness for heat waves in Skåne

BuildingsForestryHealthHeat wavesTourismUrban planning
Fingrar bildar cirkel runt solen med klarblå himmel

In the future, heat waves may become more frequent and more intense. In Skåne, procedures for the primary healthcare services have now been developed that will apply in anticipation of and during a heat wave.

Increased preparedness in Kristianstad for coming heat waves

ForestryHealthHeat waves
Man dricker ur vattenflaska med solen i bakgrunden

Extremely high temperatures will become more and more common in Sweden in the future, and the south will experience the hottest of it. Therefore, Kristianstad Municipality has now made an inventory of premises within healthcare and social care, and developed an action plan for food management in …

Green area factor, a tool for greener cities

ErosionFloodingForestryHealthHeat wavesTourismUrban planning
Illustration över gröna tak i Norra Djurgårdsstaden

More surfaces with vegetation can reduce vulnerability for flooding and additionally can lower the temperatures in the city, such as during a heat wave. The Green Area Factor (GAF) has been used to establish that the district attains a certain level of greenery.

In Sundsvall - Reduced risk of flooding

ErosionFloodingTourismUrban planning
Räddningstjänsten placerar ut provisoriska vallar för att skydda Sporthallsbadet från den översvämmade ån

A reinforced dam along with a forecasting and monitoring system for flows became useful tools in order to reduce the risk of flooding in Sundsvall. The risks are expected to increase in the future, with heavier rainfall and higher sea levels.

Trees in urban environments

BiodiversityEcosystem servicesErosionFloodingForestryHealthHeat wavesHumidityMouldTourismUrban planning
Odengatan efter

Stockholm has been working with a system for tree planting for many years. The city has developed a fundamental plan that forms the basis of how trees are planted on streets. In this, every tree is given a new growing bed in order to obtain the optimal growing conditions in an urban environment.

Open surface runoff management in the Augustenborg neighbourhood in Malmö

ErosionFloodingTourismUrban planning
Att anlägga kanalerna och dammarna i den befintliga miljön var utmanande men kunde utformas så att d

An open surface runoff system was introduced in Augustenborg at the end of the 1990s in order to deal with regular flooding of cellars. There have been no floods since then, despite heavy rain. The measures were part of an extensive project to renovate the neighbourhood and make it environmentally …

Safe drinking water in Karlskrona

Projektets utbredning

In Karlskrona, access to drinking water is being ensured thanks to pre-treated water from the waterworks being pumped to a gravel esker, where it is purified further and stored naturally. When the water has filtered through the esker, it is pumped back and consumers gain secure access to drinking …

Flood protection for agriculture, Åkra Farm, Södermanland

Tvåstegsdike färdiggrävt

Climate change will affect Swedish agriculture in many ways. It is expected that dry periods will become longer, but also that the number of more intensive episodes of precipitation will increase. Many crops are sensitive to flooding, but Åkra Farm in Södermanland is protecting its production by …

Clean drinking water, Östersund

ForestryHealthTourismUrban planning
En del av Östersund och Storsjön (Östersunds kommun).

Sweden’s drinking water supply is increasingly being put to the test. An altered climate is expected to change the conditions in terms of the quality of the raw water in large parts of Sweden. Östersund Municipality is actively working on the issue of drinking water quality and is planning to …

Surface runoff solutions in Växjö

Byggande av betongmagasin som skall fungera som ett utjämningsmagasin för dagvatten.

Växjö Municipality has been working on the problems of flooding and surface runoff for many years. When there is heavy rain, the drainage network is unable to cope with the volume of water. The water needs to be retarded and this is done in areas including under a parking surface and on a football …

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