Conference programme

5th Nordic Conference on Climate Adaptation, NOCCA, takes place from lunch to lunch between Tuesday 23 October and Thursday 25 October.

The conference will highlight, discuss and be inspired by Nordic adaptation solutions. The languages spoken will be English, Swedish/Norwegian/Danish.


Tuesday afternoon

Key note session: Adaptation in the Nordic region – making it happen together
To overcome the challenges brought to the Nordic region with a changing climate, all parts of society must contribute with their expertise. In this opening session, the scene will be set by representatives with different perspectives and experiences of how the work can be done.

Speakers include:
Representative from the European Commission, unit for Adaptation to Climate Change: State of play on the EU strategy on adaptation – why do we need it, and what’s in it for the Nordic countries?

Karen O’Brien, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway: From adaptation to transformation: Evaluating the state of adaptation science.

Óli Grétar Blöndal Sveinsson, Head of Research and Developement at Landsvirkjun, Iceland: Adapting the Icelandic power sector to a changing climate.

Karin Thomasson, Fourth vice-Chairman of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL).


Wednesday morning, parallell thematic sessions

1A: Policy, planning and implementation: critical concerns and approaches for climate-proof urban areas.
This session focuses on the political and governance related challenges that appear in the policymaking, planning and implementation of climate adaptation in urban areas. Critical issues, lessons learned, and ways forward for Nordic Cities will be discussed by researchers as well as representatives from public and private sector.

Speakers include:
Charles-Antoine Gosselin, Economist, Ouranos – Innovation cluster on regional climatology, Canada: “Building the business case for climate change adaptation in Eastern Canada at the municipal level.”

Marianne Karlsson, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Oslo: “Toward a climate adapted storm water management in Oslo: how different urban stakeholders understand barriers and enablers to local, open and multifunctional water solutions. “

Anne Jensen, Department of Environmental Sciences, Aarhus University: “ Experimental urban policy and climate changes: Leadership, participation and living labs on the road to building adaptive capacity in Copenhagen

1B: The Climate models of the future – design and communication Climate research has provided regional climate information for more than 20 years. Still, more and more detailed information is required. This session discusses how climate information should be packaged and explained to be useful. Are there flaws in the climate information, or does it only need to be presented in another way? The session gives an opportunity for producers and users of climate information to meet and consists of talks from invited speakers and a panel discussion.

Speakers include:
Karin André, Stockholm Environment Institute, SEI
Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen, University of Copenhagen
Stefan Fronzek, Finnish Meteorological Institute, FMI
Martin Olesen, Danish Meteorological Institute, DMI

1C: The business of adaptation
The aim of this session is to support the meeting between research on future climate and practical business activities to discuss development of business models governed by climate change. We welcome both practitioners and academics interested in business development. Keynote-speaker Nina Ekelund from The Haga Initiative will set the scene by explaining why taking climate change into account is essential for competitiveness. Practical regional business opportunities from climate change will also be presented and discussed. The session ends with a joint workshop/discussion.

Speakers include:
Nina Ekelund, Hagainitiativet
Cecile Flyen
Anne Kokkonen
Grete K. Hovelsrud
Cecilia Wyser
Mats Helander

1D: Ett Nordiskt kulturarv i snabb förändring / A Nordic heritage in the midst of rapid change
Kan kunskap och metoder från urfolk och traditionellt bruk som fäbodkultur, renskötsel, fiske och hantverkstradition bygga resiliens och stödja klimatanpassningsarbetet? Hur tar vi tillvara föremålen och den nya kunskap vi får genom att föremål tinar fram ur snölegor och glaciärer? Temat vänder sig till handläggare, konsulter, näringsidkare och tjänstepersoner som arbetar med fysisk planering, natur- och kulturvård och är intresserade av klimatförändringar i Skandinaviens nordligaste områden.

Can knowledge from indigenous peoples and traditional methods such as reindeer herding, fishing, traditional handicrafts etc. help build resilience and support adaptation to climate change? How do we care for objects that emerge from melting glaciers, and for the knowledge that they bring? 

Speakers include:
Anne Walkeapää, Sami Parliament of Sweden
Lars Holger Pilo/Espen Finstad, Oppland fylkeskommune
Kjell-Åke Aronsson, Ájtte, Svenskt fjäll- och samemuseum / Museum of Sami Culture
Johan Olofsson, Professor at the Depertment for Ecology, Environment and Geosciences, Umeå University

1E: Visualization and gaming – making adaptation real 
How can interactive applications such as climate visualization and serious gaming support the communication of complex challenges and opportunities in climate adaptation? How can gaming, roleplay and citizen sensing increase the understanding of climate adaptation and create engagement with different stakeholder groups? What are the actual outcomes from the application of such methodologies in practice – this session aims for an exchange of experiences and critical reflection between researchers and practitioners.

Speakers include:
Timothy R. Carter, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Climate Change Programme, Helsinki
Jan Ketil Rød, NTNU, Norway

Wednesday afternoon, parallell thematic sessions

2A: Hur stödjer politiken klimatanpassning i Norden? / The role of politics for successful adaptation in the Nordic countries
Den här tematiska sessionen riktar sig till politiker för att få möjlighet att tillsammans dela erfarenheter och öka medvetenheten om hur politiken bäst stödjer klimatanpassning i Norden. Korta presentationer om politikens roll för klimatanpassning från nordiska kommuner som Oslo, Helsingfors och Norrköping och nordiska forskares sammanställningar av politisk styrning inleder handledda samtal i mindre grupper om: 1) Politisk tyngd: när behövs politiskt engagemang för klimatanpassning? och 2) Hur skapas goda förutsättningar för att kunna styra klimatanpassning?

This thematic session is especially targeted towards politicians for sharing experiences and raise awareness on adaptation towards climate robust societies. Short presentations of practical experiences from e.g. Oslo, Helsinki and Norrköping and recent mappings of Nordic science feed into moderated group discussions on: 1) Salience: What is the case for political action on climate adaptation? 2) How do we establish good conditions for governing climate adaptation? 

Speakers include:
Guro Sørnes Kjerschow, Climate adviser, City of Oslo: “Is Oslo vulnerable to climate change?”
Carlo Aall, Professor in Sustainable Development at the Western Norway Research Institute: “How do we create local action on climate change?”

2B:  Rising sea levels in the Nordic region
In this thematic session we will hear about what the latest science say about rising sea levels in the Nordic region, and what strategies can be used when planning for and adapting to future levels. We will also get some insight in what decision support is currently available, plus a chance to discuss what support is still needed. This session is especially targeted to those working with the planning of resilient communities in municipal administrations.

Speakers include:
Magnus Hieronymus, Sea Level Expert and Researcher at SMHI:  “What we know about regional sea level rise and how it is affected by variations from the global mean”.
Anna Möller, Head of City Planning at Vellinge Municipality: “Planning for future sea levels in southern Sweden”
Martin Drews, Technical University of Denmark: “Decision-support for uncertainty quantification and decision-making on coastal adaptation”

2C: The role of the citizen in adapting to climate change: how to engage residents in developing robust, attractive and low-carbon societies
Citizens have a potentially important role in adapting to and mitigating climate change. To enable institutions and people to jointly learn about, discuss and implement concrete actions, we need to elaborate on how we currently understand and approach citizen perceptions and involvement, and develop better support for and interactions with citizens in adaptation planning. In this session, we discuss three interrelated sub-themes in which citizens could be more explicitly involved:

  • Communication & Learning (increasing the dialogue on climate change risks and measures)
  • Strategic Planning & Governance (Facilitating citizen involvement in strategic decision-making and planning)
  • Local change (Cooperating with residents in designing effective and attractive local responses)

Speakers include:
Nina Baron, University College Copenhagen: “Challenges and opportunities connected to climate change adaptation in non-urban communities in Denmark”
Lisa Van Well et. al, Swedish Geotechnical Institute: “Mapping the “soft” and ethical consequences of sea level rise”
Heleen Mees, Utrecht University: “The Roles of Residents in Climate Adaptation:” A systematic review in the case of The Netherlands”
Stefan Fronzek, Saara Ihanamäki, Marjo Neuvonen, Tuija Sievänen and Timothy Carter, Finnish Environment Institute: “Adaptation to climate change among cross-country skiers and downhill skiing centres in Finland”.
Sebastian Irminger Street, Sweco; “Inclusion of stakeholders in the design process”.

2D: De nordiska länderna och världen/The Nordic countries and the world
Den här sessionen vänder sig till dig som vill veta mer om hur din kommuns eller ditt företags verksamhet kan påverkas av klimatförändringarnas konsekvenser i andra delar av världen.Klimatförändringens konsekvenser kommer att påverka de delar av världen som redan idag är utsatta för t.ex. vattenbrist, tropiska cykloner och höga temperaturer. Folkförflyttningar kommer att öka. Möjligheten att importera vissa produkter ändras. Eventuellt orsakas konflikter när länder säkerställer tillgångar till strategiska resurser. Eftersom dagens produktionskedjor är mycket globaliserade, kan klimatförändringarna komma att påverka möjligheten att producera många olika varor och tjänster.

This session is for those who want to learn more about how their city, business or activity is affected by the effects of climate change in other parts of the world. The consequences of climate change will be acutely felt in areas where water shortages, cyclones and high temperatures are already common. As a result, migration may increase, and the import of certain produce will be affected. There is a risk of conflict when countries strive to assure access to strategic resources. As our chains of production are very globalised, climate change may affect the production of many different goods and services.

Speakers include:
Åsa Persson, Research leader at Stockholm Environment Institute and the research program Mistra Geopolitics. 

2E: Rättvis klimatanpassning – en Nordisk väg? / Equitable adaptation – the Nordic way?
Denna interaktiva session diskuterar nuvarande utveckling och luckor i policy, praxis och forskning relaterad till socioekonomisk rättvisa och klimatanpassning. Att klimatförändringarna sannolikt kommer att öka det ekonomiska gapet mellan grupper av människor och nationer globalt är väl känt. Samtidigt är konsekvenserna av klimatrisker på hälsa och välbefinnande hos sårbara grupper i Norden inte lika väl undersökta. Hur kan rättviseaspekter påverka beslut om anpassningsåtgärder? Kan socio-ekonomi, genus, etnicitet och andra sårbarhetsfaktorer ingå i sårbarhetsanalyser? Hur kan anpassning av socialt utsatta områden stödjas? Denna interaktiva session diskuterar nuvarande utveckling och luckor i policy, praxis och forskning relaterad till socioekonomisk rättvisa och klimatanpassning.

This interactive session will discuss the current developments and gaps in policy, practice and research relating to socio-economic equity in adaptation to climate change.That climate change is likely to widen the economic gap between groups of people and nations globally is well recognized. Meanwhile, the impacts of climate hazards on the health and well-being of vulnerable groups in the Nordic countries is less well understood. Therefore; how can aspects of equity influence decisions on adaptation measures? Can socio-economy, gender, ethnicity and other vulnerability drivers be considered? How can adaptation be supported in socially challenged areas? 

Speakers include:
Aleksandra Kazmierczak, project manager – climate change adaptation, European Environment Agency
Anna Wedin, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden: “Ethical Adaptation to Rising Sea Levels”.

Wednesday afternoon, Special IPCC event

IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C
The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C will be released in early October. The report is part of the IPCC's 6th assessment cycle. In this event we will put the report in a broader context and present its main findings. We will also discuss what the goal to limit global warming to 1.5 °C implies for the mitigation and the adaptation challenge.The Event will take place at the venue but will also be available by webcast. 


Thursday morning, parallell thematic sessions

3A: Climate change and infrastructure
A changing climate will have big effects on infrastructure. This session will discuss decision making under uncertainty, for structures with a life span beyond the scope of the climate scenarios. How are decisions made under these circumstances, and what are the effects of those decisions? The second part of the session will focus on adaptation of existing infrastructure. Considerable infrastructure with a high capital value already exists – this is difficult to move and adapting it to a changing climate can be complicated and expensive. What infrastructure should be adapted, and what are the actions available?

Speakers include:
Eva Liljegren, Co-ordinator for adaptation at the Swedish Transport Administration
Oskar Larsson Ivanov, Department of Construction Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Lund
Dick Karlsson, specialist in hydraulic modelling, City of Gothenburg

3B: Framtidens mat i och från de nordiska länderna/The future of food in and from the Nordic countries
Hur vi ska säkerställa maten vi äter i framtidens Norden? Sessionen innefattar behovet av att anpassa jordbruksproduktionen och begränsa sårbarheten, vilken typ av mat- och hur mycket mat vi behöver, potentialen att producera mat utanför jordbrukssektorn och beroendet av import. Sessionen vänder sig till en bred grupp av aktörer och innehåller korta presentationer från myndigheter, intresseorganisationer samt forskare, varvat med gruppdiskussioner.

How can we ensure access to good quality food in the future? What role can the Nordic region play in feeding the world? This session investigates the need to adapt agricultural production and limit vulnerability, how much and what type of food we actually need, the potential to produce food outside of the agricultural sector and the dependency on imports. It is aimed at a wide group of stakeholders, and is made up of short presentations from national authorities, associations and scientists, mixed with discussion.

Speakers include:
Sven Lindgren, Civil Defense Association: Adaptation of agriculture – a necessity to ensure food production
Therese Frisell, Livsmedelsverket: Food requirements – how much, and what, do we need to eat?
Peter Borring, LRF: Adaptation from the farmer’s perspective

3C: Transformation – what if adaptation is not enough?
This session will explore how both adaptation and transformation together can contribute to an empowering discourse that supports political agency and collaborative actions to reduce the risk of dangerous climate change. What if climate change adaptation is not enough to reduce the risks and vulnerability associated with the types of impacts that are expected to occur in the next century? What types of social transformations are needed to avoid the ecological, social and psychological impacts of climate change?

As the observed and projected impacts of climate change become more visible and better understood, it is increasingly recognized that small adjustments may be insufficient and that “transformational adaptations” that involve novel, large-scale actions will be required.

Speakers include:
Karen O´Brien, Department of sociology and human geography, University of Oslo

Special session 1: Sharing and learning from successful (or not!) local adaptation actions.
Local stakeholders present their work on adaptation, with plenty of time to discuss and exchange experiences. This session is particularly aimed at those who work at the local level, but all are welcome.

Special session 2: Gaming and interactive tools
Try out and test serious gaming and other interactive applications developed to communicate adaptation.


About the programme

NOCCA takes place from lunch to lunch between Tuesday 23 October and Thursday 25 October. Some sessions will be held in English and some in Swedish/Norwegian/Danish. 

On Tuesday 23, the conference is opened and a series of keynote speeches from politics, academia and the private sector will address why accelerating Nordic climate adaptation is needed and what this entails. In the afternoon, poster authors will be present their work. In the evening, Norrköping municipality invites all conference participants to a welcome reception in Norrköping Old City Hall.

On Wednesday 24, ten pertinent adaptation challenges and their solutions will be addressed during two series of thematic sessions. There will also be a special event presenting the new IPCC report “Global warming of 1.5°C” and discussing its implications for Nordic climate adaptation. In the afternoon, poster authors will present their work.

On Thursday 25, three pertinent adaptation challenges and their solutions will be addressed. Two more activities will focus on sharing and learning from practical experience. One of them will highlight and discuss successful local adaptation actions. The other one will let participants engage with serious gaming and other interactive applications developed for climate adaptation. 

We regret that we are not able to offer any financial support for participation or travel, nor any assistance with visa applications.