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Second Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation

29 - 31 August 2012

The Second Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, under the theme "Adaptation Research meets Adaptation Decision-Making", will be held in Helsinki, Finland, from 29 to 31 August 2012.

The Conference seeks to identify common ground between adaptation research and adaptation decision-making by comparing experiences, reporting new insights and revealing key gaps in knowledge. Some of the other questions being asked include: 

  • Many countries have developed climate change adaptation strategies, but do decision-makers really have the appropriate information, expertise and tools available to them to implement adaptation decisions? 
  • What adaptation research is underway and where is information currently lacking?
  • Is it more sensible to wait and see what happens, or to implement adaptation measures right away?
  • How should adaptation policies be targeted - where are they needed most and who should be responsible for implementing them? 
  • Do the adaptation decisions of today need to be effective in 30 years time? In 100 years time?
  •   What is the cost of climate change to the environment and society, how do we measure that cost and who foots the bill?

The Conference is open to scholars and practitioners interested in climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. Invitations are extended to researchers across a range of disciplines, public and private decision-makers, regional and local planners, professionals with a background in risk management as well as representatives of NGOs and international organizations. There will be an emphasis in some sessions on adaptation in a Nordic setting, but participation and experiences from outside the region are also strongly encouraged.



Registration is online.

Early Bird Registration - deadline 16 April 2012

Normal Registration - between 17 April 2012 to 29 June 2012

Late Registration - after 30 June 2012


Abstracts submission:

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations in the parallel sessions, as well as abstracts for posters. Abstracts will be evaluated by a scientific committee comprising Nordic and external experts. Abstracts are invited on all issues relevant to climate change adaptation in the Nordic countries and beyond, especially those that explore aspects of importance for adaptation decision-making. 

Abstracts submission is online. Deadline for abstracts submission: 9 March 2012


For more information, registration and abstract submission see


Venue: Conference Hotel Rantapuisto, Helsinki, Finland