Program updates 25.8.2016

19:00-21:00 Icebreaker
Venue: Grand Selskapslokaler, Address: Nedre Ole Bulls plass 1, 5012 Bergen

Open to all participants. Please register participation here.

Monday August 29

08:00 Registration open


Chair: Eystein Jansen

  • Vidar Helgesen, Minister for Climate and Environment, Norway
  • Julie Andersland, Commissioner, Bergen City Government
  • Dag Rune Olsen, Rector University of Bergen
  • Aina Berg, CEO, Uni Research
  • Tore Furevik, Director Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research

09:30-10:30 OPENING PLENARY: Climate adaptation and governance –Roundtable

Panel Chair: Hilde Sandvik

10:30-10:50 COFFEE/TEA


Chairs: Inger Hansen-Bauer and Martin Drews

1a Regional climate forecasts and projections

  • Erik Kjellstrøm, SMHI: Production and use of regional climate scenarios at SMHI – a Swedish perspective of building climate services(39)

1b Green cities and urban planning

  • Jørgen Abildgaard, The City of Copenhagen: Cities are key to solving the climate change challenge(119)

12:00-13:00 LUNCH

13:00-14:30 PARALLEL SESSION 1
1a Regional climate forecasts  and projections

Chairs: Erik Kolstad and Inger Hansen-Bauer

13:05 Asgeir Sorteberg, University of Bergen: Regional climate projections of precipitation – why are they so uncertain?(113)

13:25 Noel Keenlyside, University of Bergen: Understanding the societal and climatic influences of arctic sea ice loss(64)

13:40 Matthew J R Simpson, Norwegian Mapping Authority:  Sea Level Change for Norway: Past and Present Observations and Projections to 2100(83)

13:55 Wai Kwok Wong, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate: 1 x 1 km climate and hydrological projections for Norway(93)

14:10 Tor Eldevik, University of Bergen/Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research: Skillful prediction of Barents Sea ice cover(99)

1b  Green cities and urban planning

Chairs: Martin Drews and Carlo Aall

13:05 Anna Elisa Tryti, City of Bergen: Green, clean and dense: Sustainibility on a human scale

13:25 Håvard Haarstad, UiB: Cities as actors in climate and energy transformations(118)

13:45 Sarah Brudler, Technical University of Denmark: Environmental impacts of flood control measures in climate change adaptation strategies(48)

14:00 Birgit Georgi, European Environment Agency: Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe – transforming cities in a changing climate(36)

14:15 Dorthe Lund, University of Copenhagen: Implementing Adaptation Plans in Danish Municipalities(61)

14:30-14:50 COFFEE/TEA


Chairs: Grete K. Hovelsrud and Jeroen van der Sluisj

2a Role of the Nordic in a global perspective

  • Richard Klein, Stockholm Environment Institute: Climate change adaptation: the Nordic countries in a global perspective(125)

2b Adaptation under uncertainty – Resilience

  • Suraje Dessai, University of Leeds: Adaptation to climate change and decision-making under uncertainty(121)

15:50-17:00 POSTER SESSION 1

Posterlist (PDF)


Tuesday August 30

09:00-10:30 PARALLEL SESSION 2

2a Role of the Nordic in a global perspective

Chairs: Michel dos Santos Mesquita and Grete K. Hovelsrud

09:05 Scott Bremer, University of Bergen: Co-producing climate knowledge with local communities: Lessons from Bangladesh(6)

09:25 Juan-Carlos Antuna-Marrero, GOAC, INSMET, Cuba: Bilateral collaboration between Norway and Cuba: From research to informed climate change adaptation measures for food security(38)

09:40 Fanny Groundstroem, University of Helsinki: Trans-boundary impacts affecting Finland – developing the impact pathways approach to support adaptation planning(55)

09:55 Olle Olsson, Stockholm Environment Institute: Climate policy implications of expanded international bioenergy trade(73)

2b Adaptation under uncertainty – Resilience

 Chairs: Jeroen van der Sluisj and Carlo Aall

09:05 Timothy Carter, Finnish Environment Institute: Applying a new global scenario framework for investigating uncertainties in regional impact and adaptation studies(128)

09:25 Jeroen van der Sluijs, University of Bergen:Climate adaptation decision making in uncertain environments: the need for new ways of interfacing science and governance(124)

09:45 Jens Christian Refsgaard, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS): Climate change impacts on groundwater – where are the main uncertainties and can they be reduced?(114)

10:05 Mie Thomsen, Nordic Centre of Excellence on Resilience and Societal Security:  Coastal community resilience in climate adaptation and risk reduction(92)

10:30-10:50 COFFEE/TEA


Chairs: Eystein Jansen and Hege Hisdal

3a Impacts and adaptation in marine and maritime sectors

  • Corinna Schrum, University of Bergen: From climate research to society: Examples from the North Sea(127)

3b Climate impacts on infrastructure and land use

  • Per Sanderud, The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE):  Climate change adaptation, infrastructure and land use – the importance of collaboration(120)

12:00-13:00 LUNCH

13:00-14:45 PARALLEL SESSION 3

3a Impacts and adaptation in marine and maritime sector

Chairs: Eystein Jansen and Hans von Storch

13:05 Gunnar Birkeland, Uni Research Polytec: Utilization of the ocean is dependent on decision support tools made possible by multidiscipline research collaboration(116)

13:25 Alexander Rumson, Cranfield University / DREAM CDT: Big Data facilitating climate change adaptation on the coast(49)

13:40 Halvor Dannevig, Western Norway Research Institute: Co-production of Ocean Acidification knowledge for adaptive co-management of the coastal zone(68)

13:55 Jan Even Nilsen, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center: The legacy of extreme sea levels for the assessment of future coastal flood risk – A review of methods applied in Denmark, Germany and Norway(95)

14:10 Grete Hovelsrud, Nord University: Aquaculture and Climate change: Mitigation, adaption and innovation in industry and management (109)

14:25 Helen Andersson, SMHI: Future climate projections for the Baltic marine ecosystem (87)

3b Climate impacts on infrastructure and land use

Chairs: Hege Hisdal and Solrun Figenschau

13:05 Gunn Persson, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI): Considering Climate Change in Large Infrastructure Projects – Example from Lake Mälaren and Swedish hydropower(111)

13:25 Luca Garrè, DNV GL : Pushing climate projections towards decisions: a somewhat bumpy road(122)

13:45 Marius Stankoweit, Climate Service Center Germany:  Regional Climate Change induced Risks on Electricity Distribution Networks in Germany(1)

14:00 Charlotte Cederbom, Swedish Geotechnical Institute: Climate change adaptation action plan for sustainable land use(89)

14:15 Marianne Karlsson, Nordland Research Institute:  Adapting to avalanche risks and road closure: A case from Northern Norway(103)

14:30 Carlo Aall, Western Norway Research Institute: Planning for climate change vulnerability?(15)

3c Transforming Climate Knowledge with and for Society: the case of Bangladesh. (Hosted by the TRACKS project)

13.00 Nabir Mamnun, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies: Mobilizing climate knowledge for adaptation in northeast Bangladesh using a ‘narrative’ approach

13.15 Saiful Islam, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology: Future projections of rainfall over North-East Bangladesh: Bayesian Model Averaging of Regional Climate Models

13.30 Endre Tvinnerheim, Uni Research: Perceptions of climate change in rural Bangladesh: Analysing  narrative interviews using qualitative and quantitative methods.

13.45 Mohammad Mahfujul Haque, Bangladesh Agricultural University: Co-producing climate knowledge applying citizen science approach in northeast Bangladesh

14.00 Zakia Naznin, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies: How art and climate research can collaborate in a community based project

14.15 Anne Blanchard and Synnøve Kvamme, University of Bergen: How to evaluate the success of a climate adaptation research project?

14.30 Hans Olav Hygen, MetNo: Moving the Bangladesh Meteorological Department from climate data to climate information

14:45-15:15  COFFEE/TEA

15:15-17:00 POSTER SESSION 2

Posterlist (PDF)


Wednesday August 31


Chairs: Lena Lindström and Tore Furevik

4a Climate services: “Service for society”

  • Åsa Sjöström, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute: Climate services – targeting the user(97)

4b Nordic, European and global research initiatives

  • Karen O´Brien, University of Oslo: Approaching Adaptation through Transformation: Can Future Earth Make a Difference?(126)

10:10-10:30           COFFEE/TEA

10:30-12:15 PARALLEL SESSION 4

4a Climate services: “Service for society”

Chairs: Stephanie Mayer and Lena Lindström

10:35 Inger Hansen-Bauer, The Norwegian Centre for Climate Services: The development of Climate Services; case: The Norwegian Centre for Climate Services (NCCS)(41)

10:55 Kjersti Aalbu, DNV : Climate Services for business: A network of actors(117)

11:15 Jens H. Christensen, Danish Meteorological Institute: Climate modeling and decision making hand in hand – the Greenlandic perspective(25)

11:30 Hans von Storch, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht: Limits and obstacles of Climate Servicing(30)

11:45 Erik W. Kolstad, Uni Research Climate & Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research: What do climate service users need – and what can they get?((102)

12:00 Hans-Olav Hygen, MetNo and Karianne de Bruin, Alterra Wageningen UR: Co-designing climate service platforms with users : promises and pitfalls(104)

4b Nordic, European and global research initiatives

Chairs: Tore Furevik  and Jostein Sundet

10:35 Torill Engen Skaugen, Forskningsradet: JPI Climate – a European initiative on climate research(110)

10:55 Birgitta Evengård, Umeå University: Climate-change effects on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the impacts on Northern societies – an initiative from Nordforsk, Nordic centre of excellence(115)


12:30 LUNCH

12:45-16:00 SIDE EVENTS

A: The Top-level Research Initiative of Nordforsk: Results and interactions with and within the Nordic Centres of Excellence on Effect studies and adaptation to climate change

(Convener: Jostein Sundet, NORDFORSK)
Venue at Conference Venue – Open to all

Program and abstracts here

The side-event summarizes the excellent Nordic research collaboration in the very successful Top-level Research Programme and highlights the international quality research carried out in six Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE):

  • Cryosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Arctic Climate (CRAICC),
  • Depicting Ecosystem-Climate Feedbacks from Permafrost, Snow and Ice (DEFROST),
  • How to preserve the tundra in a warming climate? (TUNDRA),
  • Nordic Strategic Adaptation Research (NORD-STAR),
  • Stability and Variation of Arctic Land Ice (SVALI),
  • The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change (NorMER)

There has been extensive research collaboration between these NCoEs and the unique collaboration in developing graduate schools with cooperative PhD education between Nordic universities. The side-event summarizes world leading research on

  • Effects of and adaptation to Climate Changes
  • The interaction between climate change and the cryosphere (where water is frozen – ice on sea, rivers and lakes, snow cover, glaciers, permafrost and ice caps).

Furthermore, the side-event demonstrates how the programme has given Nordic scientists the opportunity to develop Nordic cooperation in science to a new level, leading to new integrated research in our region and has given a strong fundament for future collaboration both on the Nordic and international level.

B: Climate Services Workshop: participatory scoping (a joint exercise of RCN projects R3 and PostClim)

(Convener: Stefan Sobolowski)
Venue at Conference Venue by invitation and registration to  Ole-Andreas Brekke. Language: Norwegian

The aim of this workshop is to introduce two exciting new Norwegian Research Council projects and engage in a participatory climate services scoping exercise with current and potential stakeholders.

C: RCN Samkul Network meeting: Understanding cultural conditions of climate change adaptation (UC4A)

(Convener: Jeroen van der Sluijs email:
Venue: at Conference Venue, open to all.

This side-event summarizes findings and progress of the RCN SAMKUL project Understanding cultural conditions of climate change adaptation (UC4A). UC4A conducts critical research on the institutional culture associated with the science-policy/science-society interface, specific to adaptation and long term planning challenges for climate change in various sector, such as urban environment and cultural heritage. Currently, adaptation in such sectors is hindered by dominant institutional cultures active at the interface between science and policy/society. To remedy this problem, UC4A aims to bring together an extended peer community including scientists, citizens and artists to design projects to better tackle cultural dimensions of climate change adaptation. Contributions to the side event will include:

Jeroen van der Sluijs (University of Bergen): Understanding Cultural Conditions of Climate Change Adaptation: the UC4A project

Jean-Paul Vanderlinden (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines): Art and science integration – lessons learned from three transdisciplinary projects

Diana Wildschut (Cooperative University of Amersfoort): Measure your city: Citizen science for climate change adaptation

Scott Bremer (University of Bergen): Co-production of climate services, a literature review.

Arjan Wardekker (Utrecht University): a diagnostic tool for climate resilience.

Rasmus Slaattelid (University of Bergen): Visualisation for climate change adaptation, insights from the FiGo project

You are very welcome to submit ideas for Keynote lecturers. We encourage participants to consider holding side events and project meeting in conjunction with the conference. Contact the organizers if you have ideas or plans.