3rd Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2014

  • Conference Call
  • Wel­come to the Third Nordic Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion 2014 to be held on August 25 – 27, 2014 in Copen­hagen, Den­mark at the Hotel Scan­dic Syd­hav­nen. The con­fer­ence is a follow-​up to the highly suc­cess­ful con­fer­ences in Stock­holm (2010) and Helsinki (2012) and aims to bring together sci­en­tists, prac­ti­tion­ers and policy-​makers with a par­tic­u­lar inter­est in the Nordic region.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    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 realised. 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 already high on the agenda in the Nordic and inter­na­tional soci­eties. How­ever, sci­ence is pro­vid­ing new infor­ma­tion on changes and their con­se­quences, which calls for a wider dia­logue to enable adjust­ments of already ini­ti­ated adap­ta­tion plans as well as pro­vid­ing the base­line knowl­edge for future initiatives.

    The con­fer­ence “Adapt­ing to Change: From Research to Decision-​making” – like its two pre­de­ces­sors – seeks to advance exist­ing com­mon ground between sci­en­tists, prac­ti­tion­ers and decision-​makers and estab­lish new ways for­ward for informed adap­ta­tion. The con­fer­ence is tar­geted at schol­ars as well as pri­vate and pub­lic prac­ti­tion­ers and decision-​makers at strate­gic and oper­a­tional lev­els and across a wide range of dis­ci­plines and sec­tors. This includes researchers and pro­fes­sion­als within the fields of cli­mate change, cli­mate change impacts and adap­ta­tion, stu­dents, regional and local plan­ners, busi­ness strate­gists and risk man­agers and policy-​makers as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of NGO’s and Nordic/​international organizations.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    The Third Nordic Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion hereby invites papers for oral and poster pre­sen­ta­tions. Con­tri­bu­tions are cor­dially invited to any of the sub-​topics men­tioned under each of the four main themes listed below.

    IPCC AR5 – So now what?

    By April 2014, the IPCC will have released its three Work­ing Group Reports, which con­tribute to its Fifth Assess­ment (AR5). A final con­tri­bu­tion to the AR5, the IPCC Syn­the­sis Report, will be approved here in Copen­hagen later in 2014. Some of the new knowl­edge that could be invalu­able for inform­ing cli­mate change adap­ta­tion includes infor­ma­tion on:

    • Cli­mate predictability
    • Obser­va­tions and attri­bu­tion of chang­ing cli­mate and impacts
    • Emer­gent risks and key vulnerabilities
    • Impacts on human and nat­ural systems
    • Sec­toral and regional adaptation
    • Adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion linkages
    • Deal­ing with uncertainty
    • Cli­mate sensitivity


    Main­stream­ing imple­men­ta­tion strate­gies may well be the key for adapt­ing to a chang­ing cli­mate. Facil­i­tat­ing adap­ta­tion decision-​making and imple­men­ta­tion of social and tech­ni­cal adap­ta­tion options involves both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors and will require bridg­ing the gaps of dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines and areas. Inno­va­tion is also likely to be an impor­tant dri­ver for adap­ta­tion. Some of the key issues in this theme include:

    • Adap­ta­tion and the pri­vate sector
    • Pol­icy devel­op­ment and implementation
    • Towards best practices
    • Assess­ment of impact response risks and opportunities
    • Cli­mate & weather ser­vices, in safety tech­nol­ogy, in education/​public infor­ma­tion, etc.
    • Embrac­ing uncertainties
    • Cross-​cutting issues in adaptation

    Lim­its and opportunities

    Adap­ta­tion strate­gies have lim­i­ta­tions but will also pro­vide new oppor­tu­ni­ties. Defin­ing and imple­ment­ing strate­gies aim­ing at opti­miz­ing adap­ta­tion to a chang­ing cli­mate in a flex­i­ble, sus­tain­able and timely man­ner is highly rel­e­vant. Impor­tant fac­tors influ­enc­ing the imple­men­ta­tion of adap­ta­tion are:

    • Lim­its to technologies
    • Time scales of inter­est /​urgency for adaptation
    • Adap­tive imple­men­ta­tion of poli­cies and mea­sures, robust decision-​making strategies
    • Eco­nomic incen­tives and costs of adaptation
    • Bal­anc­ing phys­i­cal uncer­tainty and soci­etal development
    • Smart adap­ta­tion
    • Build­ing resilience
    • Shift of paradigms

    Low prob­a­bil­ity /​high impact

    There is gen­eral acknowl­edge­ment of the poten­tial impor­tance of cli­mate change impacts on busi­nesses and oper­a­tions, in par­tic­u­lar when it comes to low-​probability, high-​impact events like storms or floods. Yet incor­po­rat­ing this knowl­edge into today’s adap­ta­tion plans are severely impeded by e.g. a lim­ited under­stand­ing of the uncer­tain­ties and a poor under­stand­ing of how to trans­late cli­mate infor­ma­tion into value chains for dif­fer­ent sec­tors. Exam­ples of issues in this theme are:

    • Risk aver­sion and soci­etal pref­er­ences as a dri­ver of adaptation
    • The cost of no-​action
    • Risk man­age­ment as a decision-​making tool
    • Extreme cli­mate events
    • High-​end emis­sion scenarios
    • Man­ag­ing con­cur­rent hazards

    Why you should attend?

    Visit Copen­hagen and meet with pro­fes­sion­als, includ­ing top level researchers, deci­sion mak­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the busi­ness sec­tor. Par­tic­i­pate in dis­cus­sions about what is new on agen­das for research and decision-​making con­cern­ing cli­mate change impacts, risks, and adap­ta­tion. You will get an oppor­tu­nity to present and dis­cuss your work, and spe­cial ses­sions will facil­i­tate an open dia­logue on key con­clu­sions and uncer­tain­ties that are emerg­ing from the IPCC Fifth Assess­ment Report (AR5). Like its pre­de­ces­sors, the con­fer­ence aims to pro­vide an overview of cur­rent state-​of-​the-​art within the area of cli­mate change adap­ta­tion and to estab­lish a forum for researchers, prac­ti­tion­ers and decision-​makers to meet and share ideas and expe­ri­ences. Key-​note speak­ers will include sev­eral IPCC AR5 Lead Authors.

    Sci­en­tific Committee

    The Sci­en­tific Com­mit­tee con­sists of:

    • Jens Hes­sel­b­jerg Chris­tensen (chair) (DK)
    • Jens Chris­t­ian Ref­s­gaard (co-​chair) (DK)
    • Kirsten Hal­snæs (co-​chair) (DK)
    • Karsten Arnbjerg-​Nielsen (DK)
    • Tim­o­thy Carter (FIN)
    • Tore Fure­vik (N)
    • Michael Good­site (DK)
    • Aslak Grind­sted (DK)
    • Anja Skjold­borg Hansen (DK)
    • Grete Hov­el­srud (N)
    • Niels Philip Jensen (DK)
    • Sirkku Juhola (FIN)
    • Sigrun Karls­dot­tir (IS)
    • Halldór Björns­son (IS)
    • Richard Klein (S)
    • Hen­rik Mad­sen (DK)
    • Anil Markandya (E)
    • Jør­gen E. Ole­sen (DK)
    • Adrian Per­rels (FIN)
    • John Porter (DK)
    • Markku Rum­mukainen (S)
    • Hans von Storch (D)


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