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Teaching the young generation about renewable energy

S2S4E Drawing Challenge

S2S4E encourages children to learn about renewable energy through the Clean Energy Drawing Challenge launched during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The European Green Deal calls for a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050. This is only possible with a rapid transition to renewable energy, and giving up our fossil fuel dependence. The young generation will have to lead this transition in the near future. Teaching children about renewable energy is thus more urgent than ever. 

The research behind the forecasts within the S2S4E Decision Support Tool

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Several researchers have been involved in improving the forecasts within the S2S4E Decision Support Tool. This work has included combining the forecasts with observational data and analysing past forecasts and how the weather impacts power production and demand. 

“Climate change is expected to lead to more extreme weather and to more frequent extreme weather events, and it is important to take this into account when making predictions about the weather to come over the coming weeks and months,” explains climatologist Irene Cionni.  

Multi-model seasonal forecasts available in the DST

Multimodel

Temperature and wind speed multi-model predictions based on four forecasting systems are now available in the S2S4E Decision Support Tool for 3 months ahead (seasonal forecasts).

The operational tool of the S2S4E project, the Decision Support Tool (DST), offers seasonal forecasts for the next 3 months aimed at the renewable energy sector. Currently, the SEAS5 ECMWF seasonal system is used to generate these predictions.

New study shows quality of river flow forecasts depends on local conditions

River flowing

The quality of seasonal forecasts for flow in rivers in Europe is generally good, but varies depending on local conditions, a recent study by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) has found.  

The study was done as part of the EU-funded S2S4E project, and was published in scientific journal Water Resources Research in May.