Climate vulnerability and adaptation in Nordic agriculture

Agriculture is generally sensitive to changed climate conditions. There are many various methods to assess vulnerability, both qualitative and quantitative. In my research I analyse and develop methods to assess agricultural vulnerability to climate change in the Nordic countries.

Climate change is often discussed in terms of being beneficial for agriculture in Northern European. The projected longer growing season, sufficient precipitation and higher mean temperature are expected to result in increased production possibilities in Northern Europe. Various climate- and policy related factors, however, limit these opportunities. Climate adaptation is therefore needed both in terms of reducing vulnerability but also in taking advantage of an increased production potential.

Vulnerability assessments and geovisualization

Research on vulnerability theory is under constant development. There are many definitions and conceptualizations and that has resulted in many various methods for analysing vulnerability. In my research, I analyse and develop vulnerability assessment methods in order to get a better understanding of the factors that contributes to climate vulnerability in Nordic agriculture. Geographic visualization, geovisualization, is useful when representing and analysing spatial data and is therefore useful for vulnerability assessments containing spatially explicit information. Geovisualization is, in my research, used in a tool to interactively assess vulnerabilities instead of giving static index. With geovisualization, spatial multi-dimensional data can be represented and this opens up for discussion on complex problems such as climate vulnerability. If geovisualisation contributes to discussion and increases understanding of the climate vulnerability problem it may facilitate knowledge on needed adaptation response actions.

Publications

2018

Lotten Wiréhn

Nordic agriculture under climate change: A systematic review of challenges, opportunities and adaptation strategies for crop production

In Land use policy

Article, review/survey

Tina-Simone Neset, Lotten Wiréhn, Opach Tomasz, Erik Glaas, Björn-Ola Linnér

Evaluation of indicators for agricultural vulnerability to climate change: The case of Swedish agriculture

In Ecological Indicators

Article in journal

2017

Lotten Wiréhn

Climate vulnerability assessment methodology: Agriculture under climate change in the Nordic region

Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary

The Norrköping Decision Arena

CV

  • 2010 
    PhD candidate, The Department of Thematic Studies - Environmental Change
  • 2010 
    Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Linköping University
  •  2008
    Bachelor's degree in Physics, Lund University

Research

PhD student in the Nord-Star graduate training programme

Mission

PhD student representative, the Institutional Board, Tema, Linköping University

Teaching

  •  Visualizing Climate Change, 7,5 hp
  • Analytical Frameworks in Sustainability Studies, 15 hp
  • Ekotoxikologi och geografiska informationssystem, 7 hp

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