Climate change adaptation

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In the Norwegian context, Western Norway Research Institute was a pioneer in carrying out research on climate change adaptation. Since 2005, we have cooperated with municipalities, private and public enterprises, organizations and national authorities to ensure that climate change adaptation is conducted on a sound scientific basis. WNRI’s scientific contribution is social science-based, but we work in close cooperation with climate experts in the natural sciences.

Our research on local vulnerability to the consequences of climate change, we have moved into the realm of preparedness and societal security. In 2015-17, WNRI produced a collection of popular articles on various aspects of climate change adaptation for publication on the national web portal for climate change adaptation. Also, the institute has been selected in connection with a number of major calls by KS FoU in this field of research.

Our key academic partners within climate change adaptation research include CICERO Center for International Climate Research, Nordland Research Institute, Nord University, The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, The Norwegian Institute for Water Research, as well as soil researchers at The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research.

Key regional partners include The County Governor of Sogn og Fjordane, Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality, Innovation Norway - Sogn og Fjordane, KS Sogn og Fjordane, The National Public Roads Administration’s Western Region, The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate’s Western Region, The Norwegian Glacier Museum & Ulltveit-Moe Climate Centre, and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL). Since 2016, this regional partnership has organized a national conference on climate adaptation.