Climate change adaptation
The Norwegian Research Centre on Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation (Noradapt) was established in Sogndal, in 2018 and is managed by Western Norway Research Institute. The centre aims to offer research-based answers to society’s needs in the face of a changing climate. Importantly, the centre emphasizes sustainability in its approach to climate change adaptation, promoting solely adaptation measures that do not conflict with the goal of sustainable development.
Noradapt consists of several scientific partners, including Center for International Climate Research (CICERO), Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET), Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE), Nordland Research Institute, SINTEF Community, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Department of Geography) and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Noradapt is managed by Professor Carlo Aall at Western Norway Research Institute. To read more about Noradapt, please visit the centre’s website.
In the Norwegian context, Western Norway Research Institute was a pioneer in carrying out research on how society could respond to climate change through adaptation measures. Since 2005, we have cooperated with municipalities, private and public enterprises, various organizations and national authorities to ensure that climate change adaptation is conducted on a sound scientific basis. WNRI’s scientific contribution is social science-based, but we work in close cooperation with climate experts in the natural sciences.
Our research on local vulnerability to the consequences of climate change, we have moved into the realm of preparedness and societal security. In 2015-17, WNRI produced a collection of popular articles on various aspects of climate change adaptation for publication on the national web portal for climate change adaptation. Also, the institute has been selected in connection with a number of major calls by KS FoU in this field of research.
Key regional partners include The County Governor of Vestland, Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality, Innovation Norway - Sogn og Fjordane, KS Sogn og Fjordane, The National Public Roads Administration’s Western Region, The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate’s Western Region, The Norwegian Glacier Museum & Ulltveit-Moe Climate Centre, and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL). Since 2016, this regional partnership has organized an annual, national conference in Sogndal on climate change adaptation.