Adaptation decision-making in the Nordic countries: Assessing the potential for joint action

Juhola S, Goodsite ME, Davis M, Klein RJT, Davidsdottir B, Atlason R, Landauer M, Linner B-O, et al. (2014). Adaptation decision-making in the Nordic countries: Assessing the potential for joint action. Environment Systems and Decisions 34 (3): 600-611. DOI:10.1007/s10669-014-9524-3.

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Abstract

In a global context, the outlook for the Nordic region is relatively favourable, given its relatively stronger resiliency to climate change impacts in comparison to many other geo-political regions of the world. Overall, the projected climatic changes include increases in mean temperatures and in precipitation, although regional variations can be significant. The countries' robust institutions and economies give them a strong capacity to adapt to these changes. Still, the need for adaptation to the changing climate has been and still is substantial, and in most of the region, there has been progress on the issue. This paper explores the potential for Nordic cooperation on adaptation; specifically, for the development of a regional adaptation strategy. In particular, it addresses two questions (1) What is the current state of adaptation in the Nordic countries? and (2) What are the potential benefits and weaknesses of a Nordic strategy for adaptation? In order to answer these two questions, this paper examines reviews the current national adaptation policies of each Nordic country and discusses the challenges facing a Nordic strategy and finally assesses the potential for common Nordic adaptation policy and further cooperation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change; Sustainability; Vulnerability; National policy; Strategy
Research Programs: Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Bibliographic Reference: Environment Systems and Decisions; 34(3):600-611 (December 2014) (Published online 15 November 2014)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:50
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 08:29
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10809

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