Making use of innovative science, advanced graduate training and effective communication, NORD-STAR aims to enable Nordic stakeholders to design and implement successful adaptation policy and practice. It also fosters a strategic approach to climate adaptation, making a novel contribution to the Nordic adaptation knowledge base.
NORD-STAR presents two key innovations. First, the use of state-of-the-art climate visualisation techniques in combination with policy analysis helps to bridge the gap between adaptation science and action. Second, by linking climate adaptation with climate policy, results of NORD-STAR will help public and private stakeholders at all levels to improve strategy development and decision-making.
NORD-STAR is currently focusing on three issues critical to both climate impacts and climate policy: land-use change, energy transitions, and insurance and finance.
For each, NORD-STAR researchers – drawing on backgrounds in the social and natural sciences, business and economics – analyse and communicate needs and opportunities for strategic adaptation using two methodological approaches: scientific visualisation and modelling, and policy analysis. This results in six projects.
SEI contributes to NORD-STAR with three post-doctoral researchers working on international policy issues related to Nordic adaptation decision-making, including trade, development and finance. Senior SEI staff co-lead two of the NORD-STAR projects and co-direct the centre as a whole.