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NCoE NORD-STAR - Nordic Strategic Adaptation Research

Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE) NORD-STAR aims to develop tools to help the Nordic countries address the twin challenge of a warmer climate and the side effects of policy impacts.

NORD-STAR research shall lead to better support for decision-making and strategy development by linking adaptation and mitigation, and using climate visualization techniques and decision-making tools to bridge the gap between science and policy at the Nordic level. The research is designed to help Nordic countries maintain competitive advantages and identify cost-effective adaptation measures.


NORD-STAR brings together Nordic key research excellence to address the challenges of a warmer climate and the side effects of policy impacts. Research, education and community dialogue will contribute to achieving this goal.


The Graduate Training Programme will be a Nordic alliance of accredited universities and institutions providing education through solutions-oriented and tool-based courses, allowing graduate students and researchers to integrate analysis, synthesis and communication. All post docs will be mentored by senior researchers involved in the project.


A core objective of NORD-STAR is to develop practical, easily accessible and user-friendly tools, which shall enhance the adaptive capacity of among others: planners, civil servants, organisations, industries and decision-makers in the Nordic countries. Consequently, dissemination is an integral and important part of the project.


NORD-STAR considers itself to be a Nordic adaptation resource point offering a wide array of Nordic expertise to enhance adaptive capacity in governments, agencies and business, also open for collaboration with other research programmes.

Result summary

NORD-STAR has developed and applied an analytical framework that defines climate adaptation as an actor-based process. The combination of modelling, visualisation and policy analysis is unique and particularly powerful in addressing complex societal adaptation challenges. 


NORD-STAR has fostered an effective dialogue with stakeholders, allowing them to contribute to research, recognise its value and act on its findings. NORD-STAR has established an international training programme for graduate students and practitioners, which will be continued beyond 2015. 


NORD-STAR tools to promote participatory adaptation planning and decision-making include VisAdapt, ViewExposed and an adaptation toolbox.



More information

See a list of NORD-STAR publications

Read about NORD-STAR's Graduate Training Programme

Read the NORD-STAR information folder


Read about the web-based visualisation tool VisAdapt

Read about the web application ViewExposed


Download  A Guidebook for Integrated Assessment and Management of Vulnerability to Climate Change


Participating organisations



Project leader

Michael Evan Goodsite, Professor

Institute for Technology and Innovation

University of Southern Denmark

+45 6550 9282


Project participants


  • Michael Goodsite, Aarhus University and University of Southern Denmark
  • Richard Klein, SEI, Sweden
  • Sirkku Juhola, Aalto University og Helsinki University, Finland
  • Björn-Ola Linnér, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Jan Ketil Rød, NTNU, Norway
  • Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir, University of Iceland
  • Tina Neset, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Mette Termansen, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Javier Godar, SEI, Sverige
  • Francis X. Johnson, SEI, Sweden
  • Jøran Solli, NTNU, Norway
  • Tomasz Opach, NTNU, Norway
  • Anna Bohman, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Gunnar Eskeland, SNF - Institute for Research in Economics and Business Administration, Norway
  • Carina Keskitalo, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Martin Persson, Chalmers, Sweden
  • Anne Gammelgaard Ballantyne, Aarhus University, Denmark and Linköping University, Sweden
  • Kirsten Jacobsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Svend Hylleberg, Aarhus University, Denmark


Contact person

Programme Secretary

Jostein K. Sundet, NordForsk

Phone: +47 996 01 848