Warmer and wetter Norwegian Arctic

The new report “Climate changes in the Norwegian Arctic – consequences for life in the north” handed over to Norwegian Minister of the Environment, Erik Solheim. The report marks the ending of many years scientific work under the project NorACIA (Norwegian Arctic Climate Impact Assessment)

The purpose of the project is to contribute to the development, consolidation and dissemination of the current understanding of climate change, impacts of climate change and adaptation to climate change in the Norwegian Arctic. Changes in climate will have an impact on both ecosystems and communities in the North. The new report is a compilation of possible future events and probable impacts and consequences for the coming 90 years based on currently available knowledge.

Birigit Njåstad, Ellen Øseth og Bjørn Fossli Johansen leverer rapport til Erik Solheim

Minister of the Environment and International Development
Erik Solheim together with Birigit Njåstad, Head of Environmental Management Section at Norwegian Polar Institute, writer of report at Norwegian Polar Institute, Ellen Øseth and Head of Environmental Management and Mapping Department at Norwegian Polar Institute, Bjørn Fossli Johansen. Photo: Helge M. Markusson, Polar Environmental Center

Key discoveries in the report

NorACIA rapport: Klimaendringer i norsk Arktis – Konsekvenser for livet i nord
  • The Norwegian Arctic will become warmer and wetter, but with large local variations
  • Feedback mechanisms enhance global changes in climate
  • Climate change makes the Arctic more vulnerable to pollutants and ultraviolet radiation
  • The sea ice is diminishing, threatening species that depend upon ice
  • The ocean is becoming warmer and the ecosystems are changing
  • Seawater is being acidified and the corals can die out
  • Woodland is spreading northwards and upwards
  • Freshwater ecosystems are vulnerable to climate change
  • Infrastructure in the North is at risk
  • Nature-based industries get new opportunities – and problems
  • Society can and will have to adapt