About climes

The research center climes, or the Swedish Center for Impacts of Climate Extremes, is dedicated to building an interdisciplinary research field that focuses on the impacts of climate extremes under the changing global environment. 

The center aims to influence the Swedish research landscape in this field by integrating diverse disciplines including physical, medical, social, and engineering sciences, which are pivotal for understanding the genesis of climate extremes’ impacts and are seldom combined synergistically.

Research themes

Our work is organized around three overarching themes, each targeting key knowledge gaps:

Data Development: We compile improved, freely accessible climate impact data for scientific and policy use, utilizing advanced natural language processing techniques for automated information extraction.

Impact Analysis: We unravel the complex interplay between the physical characteristics of climate extremes and societal responses, using interdisciplinary approaches to dissect the genesis of impacts.

Scenario Building: We develop socio-physical scenarios of future extreme events, accounting for societal and adaptation processes to aid in policy formulation and resilience building.

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Education and training

Our educational initiatives include:

Contributing to master’s programs with a focus on climate impacts.

Establishing the climes Graduate School in Climate Impacts, offering interdisciplinary training to doctoral students.

Providing a comprehensive suite of training objectives and complementary skills development to enhance career readiness and impact.

International collaboration

climes fosters a vibrant international network, engaging in collaborations across academia, the private sector, and public agencies worldwide. Our international exchange program enriches our research and expands our global perspective, ensuring that climes is at the forefront of addressing global challenges related to climate extremes.

Societal engagement

Our commitment to societal resilience and adaptation is reflected in our efforts to:

Promote public awareness of climate extremes’ impacts through various outreach activities.

Produce policy briefs and engage with stakeholders to inform and support evidence-based decision-making.

Involve communities in our research, ensuring that our work is grounded in real-world needs and contributes to sustainable solutions.

Organisational structure

climes operates with a streamlined management structure that includes all principal investigators, supported by dedicated committees for training coordination and external advisory. This collaborative approach ensures that our research is agile, responsive, and impactful.

Principal Investigators

Gabriele Messori, Center Director

Gabriele Messori is an atmospheric physicist who explores the complexities of our climate, focusing on extreme weather events and their broader impacts. With an M.Sc. from Imperial College London and a subsequent Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics, Gabriele has delved into various research areas, from dynamical systems theory to climate data analysis. His work at the Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University focuses on the forecasting and understanding of the societal impacts of extreme weather in the mid and high latitudes. His research methodology integrates observations, models, and statistical tools to foresee and mitigate the challenges posed by our evolving climate.




Research Focus: Gabriele is committed to understanding the physical drivers of extreme weather and their societal repercussions, employing a blend of theoretical and applied research approaches.

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Emily Boyd

Emily Boyd is a Professor in Sustainability Studies at LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies), with a focus on environment and climate change. Her research spans across the interdisciplinary nexus of poverty, livelihoods, and resilience, addressing critical issues in global environmental change, notably in cities, sustainable land use, and deforestation across various continents. With a background in social science, Emily’s work offers insights into resilience, adaptation, and community participation in the carbon economy. She holds a variety of positions, including Deputy Coordinator at LU’s Nature-based future solutions and Director at Lund University Sustainability Forum.







Research Focus: Sustainability science, climate adaptation and resilience, governance, and development.


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Joakim Nivre

Joakim Nivre, a senior researcher at RISE and a professor of computational linguistics at Uppsala University, has had an academical journey with Ph.D.s in General Linguistics and Computer Science from the University of Gothenburg and Växjö University, respectively. His pioneering work in data-driven methods for language technology, especially morphosyntactic and semantic analysis, has influenced the field. Nivre is one of the developers of the transition-based method for syntactic dependency parsing and a founding member of the Universal Dependencies project, which aims to standardize morphosyntactic annotation across languages. His contributions to computational linguistics are widely recognized, underscoring his leadership in the global research community.




Research Focus: His research centers on advancing language technology through data-driven methods, with significant contributions to morphosyntactic and semantic analysis in computational linguistics.


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Elena Raffetti

Elena Raffetti

Elena Raffetti, a medical doctor with a specialty in public health, is deeply engaged in epidemiological research and health data science. She completed her specialty training in public health medicine at the University of Brescia, Italy, in 2016 and obtained her Ph.D. in Medical Science, specializing in Epidemiology, from Karolinska Institutet in 2021. Her post-doctoral work was performed at Department of Primary Care and Public Health at University of Cambridge and Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University. Currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, and involved in multiple research projects across Europe, Elena is dedicated to understanding the health impacts of socio-environmental extreme events, particularly focusing on cardiovascular and maternal health amidst climate extremes and pandemic.


Research Focus: Elena aims to integrate medical, natural, and social sciences to explore the effects of climate extremes and pandemics on human health, with a keen interest in vulnerable groups like pregnant women.

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Olof Mogren

Olof Mogren
Olof Mogren serves as a senior researcher on foundational and applied machine learning at RISE. After obtaining his Ph.D. in machine learning from Chalmers University of Technology in 2018, Mogren has gained extensive experience in leading applied AI projects addressing challenges in climate adaptation and ecology. He leads RISE Learning Machines Seminars and works on AI for soundscape analysis, biodiversity monitoring, and remote sensing, demonstrating his commitment to using AI for societal benefits and environmental sustainability.

Research Focus: Mogren’s research is dedicated to developing machine learning solutions for environmental and climate-related issues, emphasizing the practical application of AI to foster sustainable advancements.


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