Weather and climate data for Northern Finnish winter tourism centers
Northern Finland is one of the fastest warming regions in Europe with the greatest increases in temperature being seen in November, December and January. For the winter tourism sector, proper winter conditions are key to commercial success: information on future climate and specific local weather conditions is fundamental for preparing and adapting to future change. Long-term business planning for Northern Finnish winter tourism industry therefore needs to account for the increased likelihood of the October-December season being too warm and plan for alternatives to winter sports. Forecast data is required to i) plan for the next season , especially at the beginning of the season with the need for snow making and snow storage and ii) plan mid-term operations and investments that allow their businesses to adapt to the changing and variable climate (semi-decadal scale). Furthermore, weather and climate information is required to assess the competitive position of Northern Finland relative to other major European Ski Centres.
To assess the value of improved weather and climate predictions for short-term and mid-term planning of operations for ski centres in Northern Finland (Lapland and Northern Ostrobothnia).
Pamela Lesser, Climate effects on winter tourism in Finnish Lapland PDF presentation
- Ilona Mettiäinen, University of Lapland
- Roxana Contreras, University of Lapland
- Martin Coath, University of Lapland
- Jusu Toivonen, Rukakeskus