Workshop on sea level rise, November 7-8 2019

Workshop on Sea Level Rise; IPCC SROCC Science and Planning for Climate Adaptation. IPCC has released a special report focusing on the ocean and the cryosphere (SROCC). Following the release, SMHI hosted a workshop with the aim of exchanging knowledge on the topic and discussing its implications and benefits for Swedish climate planning.

The workshop provided a platform for mutual exchange nationally and internationally where the main uncertainties, challenges and potential solutions were discussed.

The workshop gathered Swedish and international scientists with expertise on sea level rise along with climate adaptation planners and representatives from government agencies. The workshop offered a mix of research presentations, discussions and information from national and international experts on climate planning in relation to rising sea levels, coastal erosion and extreme sea level events.


Day 1

Welcome note and introduction on the theme ‘Adaptation to sea level rise in Scandinavia’
Speakers: Carlo Sørensen from the Danish Coastal Authority, Cathrine Andersen from the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Anders Rimne from the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning.

‘Sea level rise and changes in extremes’ by Roderik van de Wal

Sea level rise and changes in extremes: Roderik van de Wal

‘An orange submarine underneath the doomsday glacier: lessons learned and main results’ by Anna Wåhlin

An orange submarine underneath the doomsday glacier: lessons learned and main results: Anna Wåhlin

‘Costs associated with sea level rise in Europe’ by Michalis Vousdoukas

Costs associated with sea level rise in Europe: Michalis Vousdoukas

Panel discussion with the speakers of day 1. 

Summary of the day     

Day 2

´Global and regional sea level changes over the instrumental era’ by Sönke Dangendorf

Global and regional sea level changes over the instrumental era: Sönke Dangendorf

Parallel sessions:
‘Adaptation strategies’ with an introduction to climate adaptation by managed realignment by Gunnel Göransson from the Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI)
‘Methods for estimating and handling extreme sea levels in a future climate’ with an introduction to the Norwegian climate service  by Kristian Breili from the Norwegian Mapping Authority 

Summary of parallel sessions 

Roundtable discussion on general recommendations for addressing climate adaptation issues with regard to sea level rise. 

Concluding remarks

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Experts presented recent research studies and work in different countries.
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