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    The notion that ‘most people fly’ is contradicted by new research, which also argues that a global elite of 1 percent generates half of the global carbon emissions from aviation.

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    Climate research meets performing arts in a show jointly developed by two performance companies and a social scientist. Their goal is to invite people to understand and feel climate change through their physical manifestation: the weather.

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    Identifying and exposing fake news and online hate speech is to be a research topic in a new, international collaboration project within big data. Western Norway Research Institute will be cooperating with colleagues in India, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and the USA. The top researchers taking part in this project will be sharing knowledge as well as research methods, in addition to including students in their ongoing research.

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    When something happens, warning the public is a key objective. A new public warning system is due to be tested in a new, large R&D project. The system is developed by an enterprise in the region and aims for national as well as international markets.
    – This project ties together the three main areas of research at WNRI, says Anna Maria Urbaniak-Brekke, WNRI's coordinator.

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    A short-length art film launched on 23 September touches on the feeling that something about our climate has irrevocably changed. The film, entitled «Hvítr», is directed and filmed by Johan Wildhagen and features original music by his daughter, the artist Fay Wildhagen.

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    Very few cruise ships visited the fjords of Western Norway this summer, and hardly any cruise tourists walked the streets of the region's cruise destinations. Western Norway Research Institute is conducting a study on the consequences of this anomaly, and local reactions to the absence of cruise tourists is one aspect.

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    A new study will examine how the cruise tourism in Western Norway has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. This autumn, Western Norway Research Institute is starting up three new research projects pertaining to the future of tourism in light of not only the coronavirus, but also the climate crisis.

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    A scientific paper on the coronavirus crisis and tourism written by Stefan Gössling at Western Norway Research Institute, has reached an all-time high of 43,000 downloads in a period of only 6 weeks. The level of interest exceeds anything the Journal of Sustainable Tourism has seen before.

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    "I am obviously quite absorbed", Svein Ølnes admits. For about a decade, most of the ICT researcher's time has been filled with Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency.

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    The world was at a tipping point in several ways even before coronavirus – so where do we go from here? Author and professor Dag O. Hessen will be one of the main speakers at this year's #Klimaomstilling, co-organised by Western Norway Research Institute, which will take place online on 23 September 2020.

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    If people in Norway and other European countries are asked not to travel abroad this summer, we risk risk inflicting far greater damage than the pandemic itself, says Stefan Gössling, Research Coordinator in tourism at Western Norway Research Institute.

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    In order to best achieve the goals of our project, we have established an International Reference Group (IRG) and invited experts from different countries and institutions to join. The group involves high-level experts and organizations with advanced knowledge of climate change vulnerability assessments and adaptation in various decision-making contexts.

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    Gender imbalance is a key issue in the ICT research of Western Norway Research Institute. In a recent report, two researchers gather all available statistics on the participation of women in the ICT sector, which is expected to see rapid expansion in coming years. – We aim to fill the identified knowledge gaps through qualitative research, says Hilde G. Corneliussen.

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    Noradapt, a national research centre for climate change adaptation led by Western Norway Research Institute, was intended to contribute to this year's Technoport conference. The event brings more than 700 participants together to address how deep technology can help us build a more climate resilient society. Unfortunately, the conference was cancelled to prevent the spread of the corona virus in Norway.

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    Adhering to the principles of sustainability means that new mountain cabins should be energy and area efficient. How this may be solved has been addressed by architects, cabin developers, construction experts, and researchers in a research and development project seeking to plan mountain cabins for the future.

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    Research collaboration with Indian researchers may soon be a reality for Western Norway Research Institute, following the institute’s recent participation on an official, Norwegian delegation visit to India. One of the institute’s IT researchers, professor Rajendra Akerkar, travelled to New Delhi and Chennai in February, making new academic contacts.

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    Anna Maria Urbaniak-Brekke recently accepted a permanent position at Western Norway Research Institute, following to years of employment, as part of the institute's plan to step up tourism research as well as internationalisation. Anna Maria is hoping to make use of the full range of her previous research and studies, and looks forward to coordinating international research projects.

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    Western Norway Research Institute visited the International Green Week in Berlin as part of a regional study tour. In an ongoing process to establish a business cluster in the intersection between local food, outdoor activities, and tourism, the institute finds a role in research-based innovation and knowledge-building.

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    Otto Andersen, who worked as a researcher at Western Norway Research Institute, died on 28 December 2019 following a short period of illness.

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    Norway's major roads face regular closures as a result of flooding, mud slides and similar incidents that are expected to occur more frequently because of climate change. A new study carried out by Vestlandsforsking and Menon Economics for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, indicates that unless a large-scale preventive effort is launched, the number of incidents and closures is going to increase dramatically in the coming decades.