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Lotten Wiréhn

Assistant Professor

In my research I am interested in the linkages between agriculture and climate change, with special focus on the need for adaptation.

Climate vulnerability and adaptation in Nordic agriculture

Agriculture is generally sensitive to changed climate conditions. There are many various methods to assess vulnerability, both qualitative and quantitative. In my research I analyse and develop methods to assess agricultural vulnerability to climate change in the Nordic countries.

Climate change is often discussed in terms of being beneficial for agriculture in Northern European. The projected longer growing season, sufficient precipitation and higher mean temperature are expected to result in increased production possibilities in Northern Europe. Various climate- and policy related factors, however, limit these opportunities. Climate adaptation is therefore needed both in terms of reducing vulnerability but also in taking advantage of an increased production potential.

Vulnerability assessments and geovisualization

Research on vulnerability theory is under constant development. There are many definitions and conceptualizations and that has resulted in many various methods for analysing vulnerability. In my research, I analyse and develop vulnerability assessment methods in order to get a better understanding of the factors that contributes to climate vulnerability in Nordic agriculture. Geographic visualization, geovisualization, is useful when representing and analysing spatial data and is therefore useful for vulnerability assessments containing spatially explicit information. Geovisualization is, in my research, used in a tool to interactively assess vulnerabilities instead of giving static index. With geovisualization, spatial multi-dimensional data can be represented and this opens up for discussion on complex problems such as climate vulnerability. If geovisualization contributes to discussion and increases understanding of the climate vulnerability problem it may facilitate knowledge on needed adaptation response actions.



Lotten Wiréhn (2024) From relevant to usable: Swedish agricultural extension officers' perspectives on climate change projections Climate Services, Vol. 33, Article 100441 Continue to DOI


Karin Eliasson, Lotten Wiréhn, Tina-Simone Neset, Björn-Ola Linnér (2022) Transformations towards sustainable food systems: contrasting Swedish practitioner perspectives with the European Commission's Farm to Fork Strategy Sustainability Science, Vol. 17, p. 2411-2425 Continue to DOI


Lotten Wiréhn (2021) Climate indices for the tailoring of climate information: a systematic literature review of Swedish forestry and agriculture Climate Risk Management, Vol. 34, Article 100370 Continue to DOI
Viktor Sköld Gustafsson, Mattias Hjerpe, Lotten Wiréhn, Tobias Andersson Granberg, Sofie Pilemalm, Martin Waldemarsson (2021) Multipla naturhändelser i Sverige


Carlo Navarra, Karin Eliasson, Jesper Karjalainen, Lotten Wiréhn, Matthew Cooper, Tina-Simone Schmid Neset (2020) ResFlow: Visualizing Global Resource Flows


The Norrköping Decision Arena

Lecture from European Researcher's Night

Agricultural vulnerability to climate change

Climate change is not in the future – it is happening already. Lotten Wiréhn‘s 15-minute presentation provides an insight into how food production is impacted by a warmer climate and more frequently occurring extreme weather. Her research area is how climate information can be made more useful in underpinning decisions on adaptations in agriculture. (The video is in Swedish, but it has English subtitles.)