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Local Solutions

Local authorities play a key role in limiting emissions and managing today's and tomorrow's weather and climate. Although climate change is a global challenge, the effects are local.

 

Decisions on measures to restrict emissions are made on a national and international level, but the implementation is always local. Local authorities' ability to deal with weather and climate in their daily work and in long-term planning, will necessarily affect the solutions chosen and costs associated with these.

Necessary measures are often implemented after a climate-related event has occurred. This is costly approach to climate change adaptation. If we continue following this path, it will become much more costly for future generations, than if today's decision-makers would take a more proactive approach.

Through our multidisciplinary approach, CICERO can contribute with relevant knowledge to solutions that ensure emission cuts and adaptation measures that are based in science and are most effective on the local level.

 

How does CICERO work with local solutions?

Local conditions will, to a large degree, dictate what the best solutions are for climate adaptation and emissions reductions, how local decision makers make use of climate knowledge, and how plans are implemented. The local conditions themselves are again affected by external factors such as global and national economy, and political conditions.

Consequently, we need holistic solutions for climate change adaptation - based on realities on the ground, taking into account the possibilities and the limitations inherent to these realities. CICERO has a long record of accomplishment when it comes to research on local political processes, adaptation governance, how local communities are affected by climate change, and the natural drivers behind climate change.

Through our multidisciplinary approach, CICERO can contribute with relevant knowledge to solutions that ensure emission cuts and adaptation measures that are based in science and are most effective on the local level.

How can we help you?

Our core competencies on local climate solutions can be divided into three categories:

Process analysis

  • Political feasibility
  • Management challenges across sectors
  • Multilevel governance, role clarification and incentive structures
  • Institutional capacity to plan and implement emission cuts and adaptation locally
  • Microeconomic modeling of adaptation decisions
  • Mainstreaming of climate - how different sectors approach mitigation and adaptation

Communities and population

  • Values ​​and attitudes related to climate change
  • Behavioral Economic Approach - How different players respond to different instruments
  • Agenda and access to decision making
  • How to communicate the need for climate actions to the public

Emissions and consequences

  • Global and regional climate simulations (CESM, WRF)
  • Chemical Transport Model (OsloCTM)
  • Emissions metrics
  • Climate Drivers
  • Changes and effects of short lived greenhouse gases
  • Model output analyses techniques
  • Future Scenarios
  • Extreme Value Analysis

We also do work on climate services. You`ll find more about it here