The Bjerknes Centre is a collaboration on climate research, between the University of Bergen, NORCE, the Institute of Marine Research, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre.

Eystein Jansen was heading the 4th Nordic Conference on Climate Change Adaptation. More photos at Photo: Gudrun Sylte

4th Nordic Conference on Climate Change Adaptation

Experts from all over the world gathered in Bergen for three days on climate change adaptation - or risk management, a better term regarding speakers at the conference.


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A long list of presentations and posters from a multidiciplinary research fiels reveals a huge amount of knowledge on climate adaptation and climate services, making it hard for the participants to choose among the parallell sessions. Find all abstracts from the conference here

Many speakers adressed the problem on communicating science, and adjust the academic terms. Dr. Richard Klein, at the Stockholm Environment Institute started this off pointing at a shift at the institute, using "risk management" instead of "adaptation".  Find dr. Klein's slides at the conference here 

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Also Åsa Sjøstrøm at SMHI and Karen O'Brien at UiO stressed the necessarity of correct wording. Sjøstrøm talked of calling "climate services" for "financial services" and "adaptation" as "risk management".

The twitter hashtagg #noradapt2016 and #nordadapt16 gives more glimpses, citings and useful links from the conference.  

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Karen O'Brien told researchers to step out of the box, see that people lives in many bubbles, and connect to people in the many worlds society contains.

– We are talking of climate change and forgetting the hearts. We need to connect to the emotions, O'Brien said. 

In his closing remarks, Tore Furevik, Director of the Bjerknes Centre concluded:  
– We have learned that it a simple cascade of knowledge. We know the climate is changing and that we should adapt. Nordic cities can take a lead in all the business opportunities and jobs to me made on climate adaptation. We are not adapting towards a worse society, we are making a better socoiety. The future is bright.


More pictures at 

Some stories from the conference: 


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What happens before the storm? 

A need for more collaboration

Highlighting the Nordic Dimension 

Paris gives a new momentum for climate adaptation

 The Copenhagen Adaptation Example

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