Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, Helsinki, Finland, 29-31 August 2012
 
Call for Abstracts
Details of Call
 
Abstracts for oral presentations in the parallel sessions and for posters were invited from researchers, practitioners and decision-makers. They were evaluated by a scientific committee comprising Nordic and external experts. Accepted abstracts appeared in the abstract book that was given to all delegates attending the Conference upon registration in Helsinki.

Abstracts of up to 2500 characters were 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. For the purposes of the Call, the Conference was structured according to five broad themes, each sub-divided into illustrative (bulleted) sub-topics. Following an appraisal of the submissions received, these sub-topics were then re-defined into the sessions found in the final programme. The themes and sub-topics in the original Call were as follows:


1.     
Risk assessment and impact response (presenting observed and projected impacts of anthropogenic climate change, their analysis and associated uncertainties)

  • Observed impacts in natural and human systems
  • Observations of autonomous adaptation in human systems
  • Potential impacts on ecosystem services
  • Risks and opportunities presented by climate change impacts
  • Evaluating regional and sectoral economic impacts
  • Climate change information and climate services 

2.      Vulnerability and adaptive capacity (examining factors that influence the exposure and sensitivity of regions, sectors and societies to climate change and determine their ability to adapt)

  • Vulnerability assessment and indicators
  • Mapping vulnerability and adaptive capacity
  • Dimensions of vulnerability and adaptation in the Arctic
  • Processes of autonomous adaptation
  • Adapting to changes in extreme climate events
  • Limits to adaptive capacity 

3.      Building resilience (exploring social and technical options for enhancing society's capability to respond to a changing climate in a flexible and timely manner)

  • Understanding and enhancing resilience
  • Adaptation and natural capital (e.g. forests, agriculture, water, marine environment, biodiversity)
  • Adaptation and human welfare (e.g. human health, recreation and tourism, vulnerable groups)
  • Land use planning, adaptation and the built environment
  • Insurance, public finance and the costs of adaptation
  • The role of non-state actors in adaptation (civil society, private sector)
  • Technical and social innovation for adaptation 

4.      Policy development and implementation (discussing adaptation policy development and the implementation of adaptation in practice, their evaluation, and case examples)

  • Decision-making under uncertainty
  • Disaster preparedness and emergency planning
  • Adaptation planning and decision tools in practice
  • Adaptive implementation of policies and measures
  • Transition management and adaptation strategies
  • Adaptation policy development, multi-level governance and policy integration
  • Mainstreaming of adaptation policy making
  • Public-private partnerships in adaptation
  • Limits to adaptation and maladaptation
  • Evaluating adaptation policies and measures 

5. Cross cutting issues in adaptation (considering issues that bridge across or may fall between traditional disciplines, sectors or regions)

  • Valuation of climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Theory and methods for adaptation research
  • Links between adaptation and mitigation
  • Adaptation and a green economy
  • Scenarios to support adaptation
  • Legal, institutional and financial aspects of adaptation
  • Nordic adaptation within an EU and global context