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Climate adaptation

Our climate is changing. We expect more violent storms, storms and storm surges. In Northern Europe, it is likely that we will experience more periods of drought, warmer summers and winters. There is a need for us as a society to adapt to the future conditions - if we fail to meet the challenges, it can cost society dearly.

A successful adaptation strategy requires an multi-pronged approach that involves an ecological, social and economic understanding of the challenges. Adaptation requires a fresh look at established processes, current practices and structures. For us, it is about developing tools that can help decision-makers at different levels in different sectors make financially sustainable decisions.

Below are a number of research questions listed that we are working on:

  • What are the costs and benefits of different customization solutions?
  • How can society adapt cost-effectively to existing and future expected negative (and positive) climate change most effectively?
  • What is the adaptability of public and private actors with uncertainty about future climate conditions?
  • What are the economic consequences of different climate scenarios on selected sectors?
  • How do everyday practices play together with extreme weather conditions? How can we ensure cohesion across policy and administrative areas in terms of climate adaptation?
  • ENVS works with climate as a strategic research and advisory area 'Sustainable energy, climate and society'
  • ENVS heads iClimate Aarhus University's Interdisciplinary Center for Climate Change.
  • ENVS is part of the European Environment Agency’s European Topic Center on Climate Adaptation and LULUCF (ETC/CA) and contributing to ClimateADAPT, the European Climate Adaptation Platform.