Northern Norway and Svalbard are experiencing rapid changes in the climate and these changes have environmental, societal, and economic consequences. Hence, climate change will most likely have considerable impact on the regions' tourists and tourism indu stry.
The main objective of this project is to study how climate change may affect tourism and outdoor recreation in Northern Norway and Svalbard and to assess the implications of these changes to the study area. The project includes identification and a ssessment of links and dependencies between climate parameters, tourists, and tourism as an economic and governmental sector. Moreover, the project includes projections of changes in climate elements of particular relevance to tourism in Northern Norway a nd Svalbard up to 2050; assessment of changes in tourist interests and activities based on projected climate change; assessment of the vulnerability of the regions' tourism industry to climate change impacts and climate-related events; and assess the adap tive capacity and adaptation strategies for the tourism industry.
The project will make use of various types of available data such as climate data, environmental monitoring data, accommodation statistics, adaptation to past extreme climate events, and c omplement this with data from interviews, focus groups, visitor surveys, industry focus groups, industry surveys, and economic data.
The project combines expertise from a number of disciplines and will be organised as a partnership between institutions a lready formally linked through the establishment of the Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research (CIENS). Climate change is one of six CIENS common research themes.