The overarching aim is to create a capacity for advanced analysis and consistent assessment of climate, economy and impacts. Global and regional models of climate, economy and impacts are the main tool, together with data on natural and human processes and systems. The application of this capacity involves also a strong line of research on the adaptation process itself, focusing on learning from experience, putting new knowledge into use, identifying bottlenecks and opportunities.

The programme scope is global, with focus on regional and local scales in the Nordic region. Climate, impacts, economy and adaptation are considered on and across all these scales, including couplings and feed back. Indeed, Mistra-SWECIA forges a new interdisciplinary approach. This will serve as a stepping stone for improved and useful understanding and handling of the systems, processes and issues at hand.

SEI leads the project “The Process of Adaptation to Climate Change”, which investigates factors that influence people’s decisions to prepare or not to prepare for future climate risks. It involve analysis of people’s perceptions of risk, and of how information on the consequences of climate change promotes individual and collective learning. The research combines theoretical and empirical research. The empirical research is carried out in case studies, the first two of which are on the Stockholm region and the Swedish forestry sector.

Results of SWECIA are expected to help planners and policymakers in designing more effective strategies to reduce the vulnerability of Swedish citizens and firms to climate change, and to integrate climate concerns into day-to-day decision-making.