Vidar Helgesen is the Norwegian minister of Climate and Environment since December 2015. Before this Helgesen was minister of EEA and EU Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chief of Staff at the Office of the Prime Minister from 16.10.2013 to 16.12.2015.Helgesen was state secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2001-2005, under Kjell Magne Bondevik’s Second Government. Helgesen was a special adviser at the International Red Cross in Geneva 1998–2001.
Richard Klein is a Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and professor of climate policy, geography and development at Linköping University. At SEI he leads the global theme Reducing Climate Risk. Richard is an internationally leading expert on the science and policy of adaptation to climate change, with almost twenty-five years of experience in original research, science assessment and policy advice. Much of his recent work has addressed the role of adaptation in the design and implementation of a global climate policy agreement, but he also studies societal and institutional challenges to adaptation and to the provision and use of climate services.
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Lykke Leonardsen, is the head of Climate Unit at City of Copenhagen and in charge of the Climate Change Adaptation program, the city’s ambitious plan to be the first carbon neutral capital of the world before 2025. Since 2008 she has worked for the Technical and Environmental Administration in charge of making Copenhagen more blue and green – in charge of water management and green infrastructure planning. It was as part of this work that the Climate Change Adaptation plan was developed. Lykke Leonardsen has worked with urban development for the past 25 years in Copenhagen. This includes local regeneration projects, international urban policies and communication.
Karen O’Brien is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. Her research focuses on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation including how climate change interacts with globalization processes and the implications for human security. She has participated in four IPCC reports and is on the Science Committee for Future Earth, a 10-year global change research initiative. She is also the co-founder of cCHANGE.no, a website that provides perspectives on transformation in a changing climate. Her current research projects include “Voices of the Future: Values and visions of Norwegian Youth on Responses to Climate Change and CLIMATE&BELIEFS: Exploring the relationship between belief systems and climate change adaptation. More info here
Bjørn Kj. Haugland is Executive Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer for Division Sustainability & Innovation in DNV (Det Norske Veritas). Haugland is member of DNV Executive Committee since 2008. He started his career in DNV in 1991 and has held various management positions in Norway and abroad. He worked in Korea in the period 1995 – 1997. From 2004 to 2008 he was country chair and responsible for DNV’s operation in Greater China. Mr. Haugland has a M.Sc. in Naval Architecture – Marine Structures and Hydrodynamics – from The Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim
Jørgen Abildgaard is Project Director for the 2025 Carbon Neutral strategy and plan for the City of Copenhagen. He is an experienced project manager and strategic adviser who have worked on several projects in Denmark, Nordic Countries and internationally for companies, organizations and governmental administration. Abildgaard has worked with a wide range of tasks within the energy and environment area such as energy planning and strategies, green growth, climate change, sustainability, the Kyoto mechanisms, the Nordic power market, renewable energy, energy efficiency.
Corinna Schrum is Director at the Institute for Coastal Research, Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht/ Professor, University of Hamburg, Institute for Oceanography (HZG). She also holds a position as Professor at the University of Bergen. She is also Member of the Baltic Earth Science Steering Group. Her main focus of research lies in models that describe what occurs on the coasts in the most comprehensive possible manner and that take into consideration numerous chemical, physical, biological and climatic processes. She is the coordinator of an EU project which is developing three-dimensional methods that can describe coupled physical, biological and chemical ocean processes. More info here
Torill Engen Skaugen is the Norwegian program coordinator of JPI Climate, working as a Special Adviser at the Research Council of Norway (RCN). She is involved in national and international climate change related research at the RCN and has a special responsibility regarding climate services, she also serve as a national contact person (NCP) for Horizon 2020 Social Challenge 5. Torill Engen Skaugen has a carrier as a research scientist at the Norwegian Meteorological institute (MET) for 12 years working on climate services related challenges. She was also head of Division for model and climate analyses in the Research and development department at MET for some years.
Timothy Carter is a Research Professor at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). He has been involved in climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability (IAV) research for the past 35 years, in the UK, Austria and (since 1990) Finland. His interests include methods of IAV analysis, quantitative impact modelling, scenario development and application, and trans-boundary impacts of climate change. He led the multi-sectoral FINADAPT project that provided some of the scientific underpinnings for Finland’s National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change in 2005. A Lead Author for the IPCC in each of its five previous assessments, he currently serves as Co-Chair of the IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Suport for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA).
Birgitta Evensgård is Professor of infectious diseases at Umeå University, Sweden and Head of Division of Infectious Diseases. She states that Climate change will have a profound and rapid impact on the human biome in the North that includes the change in the flora and fauna, all transforming the pretexts for development of societies in the North. She stresses the need for a holistic approach including collaboration with many scholars as climate change occurs at the fastest speed and also with the highest impact in the North. She was Chair of ARCUM, Arctic Research Center at Umeå University in 2012-2016. Since 2016 she is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science, Committee on Global Environment. She is Principal Investigator for the Nordforsk grant ‘Responsible Development in the North. More info here
Erik Kjellström is Head of the Rossby Centre, SMHI.
Research activities at the Rossby Centre focus on increasing knowledge of the future climate, covering meteorological, oceanographic and hydrological aspects. The Rossby Centre conducts climate change research in support of impact and adaptation studies. Kjellström’s current research involves evaluation of results from the regional climate model at the Rossby Centre. The simulated climate from the regional climate model is compared with the observed climate for present-day conditions as well as with simulated past and future climates under different forcing scenarios. In focus of the work is climate change, not just in terms of the mean climate such as seasonal and annual averages, but also changes in extreme conditions. Assessing uncertainties in climate change projections and providing ensemble based probabilistic scenarios is another field of interest. He is also involved in palaeoclimate modeling projects. More info here
Per Sanderud is the Director General of the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), a directorate under the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. NVE is the national centre for expertise in hydrology and a partner in the Norwegian Climate Service Centre. Before joining NVE Sanderud was President of the European Free Trade Association Surveillance Authority (ESA). He has experience as under-secretary of state in the Ministries of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Agriculture.
Inger Hanssen-Bauer is head of the Norwegian Centre for Climate Services. She has mainly been working with boundary layer climate, climate analyses in Norway and in polar region, downscaling of climate scenarios and tailoring climate scenarios for impact studies. She was contributing author to two IPCC reports and the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment and a lead author of the recent publication Klima i Norge 2100
Håvard Haarstad is and a Research Professor at the department of Geography, University in Bergen and the founder the Spaces of Climate and Energy Lab (SpaceLab). His main interest concerns how to make resource and energy governance more democratic and sustainable. At the moment he is particularly interested in how low-carbon energy transitions are taken up in cities and urban planning. More info here
Ellen Hambro is Director General of the Norwegian Environment Agency since 2013. From 2007-2013 she was director of the Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency. Before this she worked as deputy under-secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and as head of department in the Ministry of the Environment. Hambro has a law degree from the University of Oslo.
Jeroen van der Sluijs is Professor at the Centre for the Studies for the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He is the PI of the Research project Understanding Cultural Conditions for Climate Change Adaptation. His research experience includes on contested science in the fields of climate change, pollinator decline, fish stock assessments, endocrine disruptors, elcetromagnetic fields, nanoparticles, underground storage of CO2, risk migration in sustainable technologies. More info here
Jens Christian Refsgaard is a Research Professor, Department of Hydrology, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). He has a broad scientific knowledge in hydrology and a comprehensive experience from coordinating multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary research projects in Denmark and EU and from engineering consultancy projects in more than 20 countries in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. . Refsgaard is the Co-ordinator of the international project Reducing nutrient loadings from agricultural soils to the Baltic Sea via groundwater and streams. More info here
Suraje Dessai is Professor of Climate Change Adaptation at the Sustainability Research Institute in the School of Earth and Environment since 2012. His current research and teaching focuses on the management of climate change uncertainties, perception of climate risks and the science-policy interface in climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. He is the recipient of a European Research Council Starting Grant on Advancing Knowledge Systems to Inform Climate Adaptation Decisions. He is member of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) and a visiting scientist at the Centre for Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modeling (CCIAM) of the University of Lisbon. He is a Lead Author on the chapter “Foundations for Decision-making” for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 2 (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) Fifth Assessment Report and also serves on the IPCC’s Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA).
Dr Luca Garrè is a Senior Researcher in the Climate Change programme at DNV GL. He is an expert on structural reliability modelling and risk analysis, with a focus on adaptation decision making. Luca holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Genoa. In the course of his career Luca has carried out research in different institutions, including the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, the University of California, Berkeley and the Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, and held various positions including lecturer, mentoring, postdoctoral and research appointments. Since joining DNV GL, Luca has been progressively involved in adaptation to climate change, assessment of impacts of climate extremes and support to adaptation decision making. Today, Luca takes part in the activities associated with climate and impact modelling and adaptation assessments, as well as their commercial implementations.
Asgeir Sorteberg is professor in atmospheric dynamics at the University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR). Sortebergs’ main research is on understanding dynamical processes responsible for mid latitude extratropical cyclone and precipitation variability and how these processes may be affected by climate change. Sortberg was lead author chapter 3 (Changes in climate extremes and their impacts on the natural physical environment) of the IPCC special report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.More info here
Kjersti Aalbu is a senior researcher in the Climate Change Programme in DNV GL Strategic Research & Innovation, and is involved in a range of activities related to DNV GL’s work on climate services. Before joining SR&I, Kjersti worked as a consultant in DNV GL Maritime, focusing on emissions to air from shipping. In this role, Kjersti managed several large projects for both private sector and public sector clients. Prior to joining DNV GL, Kjersti worked as a project manager at the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. Kjersti holds a MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics with a focus on the political economy of the environment.
Gunnar Birkeland is Research Director at Uni Research Polytec. Uni Research Polytec is an important partner for both subsea and offshore developments and known for having leading expertise and applied science within MetOcean, CFD & System Simulation and Risk & Safety. Polytec has developed wave- and current forecasts for The Norwegian Coastal Administration. Polytec is an active partner in NCE Maritime Cleantech og GCE Subsea. Priority areas are renewable energy, oil, gas, fish farming and marine technology development. More info here
Gunn Persson is a Senior hydrologist at SMHI and holds a Ph.D. in Soil Science. Gunn has worked at SMHI since 2001 with many different tasks within research on climate and hydrology as well as climate information and communication. She is involved as climate expert for the core services at SMHI and also acts as consultant.
Scott Bremer is a researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities, at the University of Bergen. His research is broadly on environmental governance, with a particular focus on the science-governance interface. After a number of years working with coastal and aquaculture governance, Scott’s research interests have shifted to place-based climate adaptation, and particularly how climate knowledge can be co-produced through collaboration between scientific and local communities. Scott is project manager of the on-going Norwegian Research Council-funded TRACKS research, co-producing climate knowledge for adaptation in northeast Bangladesh. Read more about the TRACKS project here
Mia Ebeltoft is Deputy Director at Finance Norway with responsibilities as a financial/insurance legal specialist (all non-life issues), political lobbying, project management, climate change adaptation (national and international), natural catastrophes, municipality planning & liability and gender issues. In May 2014, she was appointed to Law and technical Commission on Climate change and urban flooding. She was also the project manager for the public-private project on the “Use of local insurance loss data in municipality planning” (2012-2015) and Chairwoman of technical board to the “National educational program for non-life insurance”. She is a member of Insurance Europe’s Sustainable Committee and General Liability Committee and a member of the Nordic Working group on Climate Change (Insurance) and a member of EU Working Group on implementation of under United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Ebeltoft is also an Attorney at Law. Link to CV.