Adapting to Change: From Research to Decision-making

Third Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation

Copenhagen, Denmark 25-27 August 2014

The conference was a follow-up to the highly successful conferences in Stockholm (2010) and Helsinki (2012) and aimed to bring together scientists, practitioners and policy-makers with a particular interest in the Nordic region.

 

Download the presentations here

Download the full programme here

What was this about?

As highlighted in consecutive reports from the IPCC, there is overwhelming scientific evidence that anthropogenic climate change is taking place and the chances are high that future climate is going to change even more than what has already been realized.  Impacts of changes over recent decades are likewise visible throughout the Nordic region, manifested e.g. through observed changes in the hydrological cycle, reductions in sea ice cover, lengthening growing seasons and the occurrence and strength of heavy rain events. Adaptation to these changes is high on the agenda in the Nordic and international societies.

 

The conference “Adapting to Change: From Research to Decision-making” like its two predecessors sought to advance existing common ground between scientists, practitioners and decision-makers and establish new ways forward for informed adaptation.

Examples of pertinent questions to be highlighted

Some of the key questions to be addressed at the conference will include (but not be restricted to):

  • Is the 2 degrees target still achievable?
  • How much will extreme events change in the future?
  • Where are Nordic and European climate change impact hot spots?
  • Are recent flooding events related to climate change?
  • Are we adapted to the present climate?
  • What are the time scales of interest / urgency for adaptation?
  • Are ongoing adaptation strategies based on sound technical information or a result of “rush job”?
  • Can the costs of adaptation be carried by locals, and is that fair?
  • Is societal resilience an indispensable 4th element in the sustainability triangle of sustainable environment, economy and social fabric?
  • Should adaptation always be proactive (instead of adaptive or reactive)?
  • Can adaptation be justified by (relative large) side-benefits – instead of emphasizing expected benefits of adapting to climate change?

 

The second circular may be downloaded here 

The list of participants may be downloaded here