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The research programme Climate Change and Impacts in Norway (the NORKLIMA programme) is one of the Research Council’s Large-scale Programmes. The programme was launched in 2004 and will be concluded in 2013.
The primary objective of the NORKLIMA programme is to generate vital new knowledge about the climate system, about climate trends in the past, present and future, and about the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on the natural environment and society, as a basis for adaptive responses by society.
The programme will achieve its primary objective through scientific and strategic objectives.
The NORKLIMA programme seeks to:
The results from the NORKLIMA programme are intended to provide knowledge about climate change at the global and regional level, making it possible to construct more reliable scenarios for the future climate, particularly for Norway and adjacent areas, including the Arctic. This knowledge will be used to increase understanding of the impacts of climate change on the physical environment and how these changes will affect ecological processes at different time scales.The NORKLIMA programme will also study the consequences for society of climate-based changes in physical and biological framework conditions. A strong link between natural science and social science research will be needed to achieve the scientific objectives.
As of 2010, the NORKLIMA programme will also seek to improve knowledge of instruments and policy to promote emission reductions.
The scientific objectives stated above will be achieved through:
Independent research institutes, universities and university colleges.
Approximately NOK 80-100 million per year.