The project investigated how climate change will affect water resources in Finland and
how the adaptation to climate change requires altering current water regulation practices.
The conducted work is relevant to different sectors of society, including hydropower
production, land-use planning and construction in flood-risk areas, and flood prevention.
The results of the project include the further development of climate model predictions in order to facilitate their use as input to hydrological simulations. Additionally, satellite data retrieval methods and data products were developed to characterize the performance of both climate model and hydrological model predictions (using historical simulations).
The obtained simulated discharges were used to estimate changes due to climate change in annual and seasonal discharges and in floods in different parts of Finland. Also changes in flood areas and damages caused by floods were assessed on few case study locations.