This SIP focus on municipal management of climate change in terms of extreme weather events. By analyzing the challenges faced by municipalities, and their subsequent responses we will assess the institutional and policy-related changes necessary for furt her development of adaptation strategies at local, regional as well as national levels. This requires interdisciplinary collaboration. This project will combine natural and social sciences in the analyses.
The Norwegian White Paper on Research (2004-200 5) supports increased cooperation among the CIENS institutes to promote their competitiveness in international environmental research. The Norwegian White Paper on Research recommends that climate research is strengthened through both mapping of climate c hanges and the environmental and societal consequences. This SIP is a response to these challenges.
The project will establish user groups with managers in the case municipalities, scientists and government officials, to assist in identifying relevant da ta and knowledge. Capacity building will go above and beyond the research foci of each institute.
Municipal managers will gain understanding about the scientific research and of their own knowledge needed for developing adaptation policies. Researchers wi ll gain understanding of what is important for decision makers enabling them to design more
applicable projects in the future.
CLIMATE increases the competence of research institutes by establishing basic knowledge of the consequences of extreme events, and by applying this knowledge in designing effective management strategies in cooperation with decision makers. International studies are increasingly focusing on local approaches to adaptation, and to the role of scientific knowledge in municipal manage ment. This project will be an important contribution to such research.