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.



Thematic sessions

Important challenges that are facing the Nordic region as well as their solutions will be addressed during the thirteen sessions. The thirteen challenges will address the following thematic issues:

Theme 1: Policy, planning and implementation: critical concerns and approaches for shaping climate-proof urban areas.

Theme 2: The climate models and scenarios of the future –design and communication. How can climate models better suit climate adaptation planning and decision-making – and what happens beyond the year 2100?

Theme 3: Adaptation as a business: forerunners, partnerships and business models. How are Nordic companies helping and driving climate adaptation?

Theme 4: A Nordic heritage in the midst of rapid change. Vulnerability and adaptation of indigenous populations. Natural and cultural environments in the Arctic.

Theme 5: The Nordic countries and the world. Adapting trade – what goods and services are especially important? Migrating with dignity – how do we increase our capacity to meet people who must move due to climate change? How can the Nordic countries contribute to climate adaptation of the most vulnerable?

Theme 6: The role of politics and politicians for successful climate adaptation. How do we go from short-term to long-term strategy in the contemporary political contexts in the five Nordic countries? Is there a need for more party politics on climate adaptation? Do we need braver politicians? How should we best respond politically to adaptation in a wider mitigation and sustainable development context?”

Theme 7: Rising sea levels in the Nordic region. What we know about regional sea level rise – variations from the global mean? How do we handle raising seas - international experiences?

Theme 8: The role of citizens in adapting to climate change: How to engage residents in developing robust, attractive and low-carbon societies?

Theme 9: Visualisation and gaming – making adaptation real. How can interactive approaches, such as climate visualization, serious gaming and citizen sensing support the communication of complex challenges and opportunities in adaptation and create engagement with different stakeholder groups?

Theme 10: Vulnerable groups – a Nordic model for adaptation? The pathology of climate change: illness, mortality, welfare and healthcare. How can adaptation be supported in socially challenged areas? How much is adaptation allowed to cost?

Theme 11: Adaptating infrastructure to a changing climate. How do we ensure that our infrastructure is climate resilient? Examples of how climate aspects are integrated in the planning of infrastructure projects.

Theme 12: The future of food supply in the Nordic countries. The potential for production. What are the possibilities and challenges? How can adaptation in rural areas be supported? The role of innovation, new technology, and traditional agricultural practices.

Theme 13: Transformation - what if climate adaptation is not enough? There is increasing agreement that incremental adaptation measures are insufficient to tackle climate change, and that deeper transformative change also will become necessary. Facilitated by researchers, this session will explore the need for more fundamental climate responses in the Nordic region.

All thematic session builds on an exchange of experiences and critical reflection between researchers and practitioners. A moderator will ensure that the discussions during the sessions will address challenges and the ways forward. A rapporteur will collect the key points raised during the discussions. The organizers and the Programme Committee will compile key points from all thematic sessions and share them with all conference participants.

Proect meetings

Project meetings can be arranged at the conference venue either on Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon. Please contact the organizing committee, latest 28 September.

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.