Adapting to Change: From Research to Decision-making

The third Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation is a follow-up to the successful conferences in Stockholm (2010) and Helsinki (2012), bringing together scientists, practitioners and policy-makers with a particular interest in the Nordic region.

Time and place


Copenhagen, Denmark 25.08.2014 to 27.08.2014

What is 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 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.

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. This conference seeks to advance existing common ground between scientists, practitioners and decision-makers and establish new ways forward for informed adaptation.

Key questions to be addressed at the conference will include:

  • 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?


Registration and abstract submission

Deadline for abstract submission: April 15, 2014. Register for the conference or submit abstract here

Organiser and sponsors

The conference is organised by Centre for Regional Change in the Earth System (CRES) and co-sponsored by Mistra-SWECIA, NordForsk, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, NORD-STAR – Nordic Strategic Adaptation Research, and The Danish Council for Strategic Research.

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