Start-up of the first projects in the Top-level Research Initiative

The first projects in the Nordic Top-level Research Initiative have been selected. 10 projects will be funded within the first call of the sub-programme “Effect studies and adaptation to climate change”. The various projects shall contribute to improving our knowledge about the effects of climate change, with a focus on possible solutions to how we best can adapt to these changes in the future. – With these networks we have a flying start, says Chair of the Programme Committee, Mogens Henze.
 Start-up of the first projects in the Top-level Research Initiative
- The applications all had good combinations of expertise, and the Networks that will be financed all live up to the Top-level Research Initiative‘s intensions, Henze continues. He predicts this to have a significant impact on the development of Nordic research collaboration in the coming years.

- We encouraged applicants to include participants from industry, policy makers and societal actors in the networks when relevant, and we note that this is emphasized in many of the applications, states Programme Secretary Simone Heinz. - During the program period we will contribute to enhancing such connections with relevant stakeholders, through conferences and other relevant activities.

Based on the evaluations of a panel of five non-Nordic experts, the Nordic Programme Committee made its decision 19 January 2010, funding ten projects within the sub-programme’s first call:

• Climate and Biodiversity
University of Aarhus, Denmark

• NORDic CLimate change ADaptation research Network (NORDCLAD-Net)
Stockholm Environment institute (SEI), Sweden

• Nordic Network on Adaptive Management in relation to climate change (NONAM)
Finish Meteorological Institute, Finland

• Nordic Climate Mitigation, Adaptation and Economic Policies (N-CMAEP): establishing an interdisciplinary strategic approach for addressing solutions to the changing climate
University of Aarhus, Denmark

• Nordic Network for Climate Change, Adaptation, and Multilevel Governance (NORCAM)
CICERO Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Norway

• Coastal Adaptation and Climate Change
DHI, Denmark

• People and ecosystems in a changing environment
University of Oulu, Finland

• Nordic Waterbirds and Climate Network – NOWAC
University of Aarhus, Denmark

• Interdisciplinary research: theories and applications in urban climate change adaptation
Oslo University Collage, Norway

• Statistical Approaches to Regional Climate Models for Adaptation
Norwegian Computing Centre, Norway

Read more about the Top-level Research Initiative here