Project: Climate change: A Regional Assessment of Vulnerability and Adaptive capacity for the Nordic countries

CARAVAN was a research project that ran from June 2008 to April 2011, with the full title: "Climate change: a regional assessment of vulnerability and adaptive capacity for the Nordic countries" The main aim of CARAVAN was to undertake a comparison of approaches for estimating regional vulnerability to climate change in the Nordic region. Vulnerability is a function of exposure to climate change, sensitivity to its effects and adaptive capacity for coping with the effects. These elements were examined in the project, with indicators being developed in collaboration with regional stakeholders for future periods out to 2050. The indicators can be combined in various ways to describe vulnerability using an interactive mapping tool. Indices of vulnerability can be derived at municipality scale and mapped across the Nordic region. This was a pilot project, with initial efforts directed towards a Nordic-wide analysis of the agricultural sector. However, since the work is closely related to on-going or proposed studies of vulnerability in individual partner countries, CARAVAN has also been able to draw on experiences from those projects to refine and extend the analysis. In particular, the mapping tool also offers options for plotting vulnerability of the elderly to a number of potential climate hazards.

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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Finnish Environment Institute Coordinator Finland
Linköping University Sweden
University of Oslo Norway