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Protect your house against a changed climate

A web tool for climate adaptation has been developed by researchers from the Nordic countries. Key in the information for your house and you’ll get immediate advice on how it should be protected against future climate events.

Rising temperatures, downpours, drought, and flooding are anticipated consequences of global climate changes. This is bad news, even for our residential buildings. A project within the Top-level Research Initiative, a Nordic research centre for climate, environment and energy, is now offering web-based support for homeowners.

The VisAdaptTM tool is user-friendly and can help both individual homeowners and government authorities with community planning. It is built on regional, downscaled scenarios of the anticipated changes to the climate in the Nordic region over the next 40–60 years. The advice it gives deals, for example, with how to avoid water leakage, flooding, rot and high indoor temperatures.

The work was carried out by researchers at Linköping University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and Aarhus University in close collaboration with the insurance companies Codan/Trygg-Hansa, Gjensidige, If and Tryg.

The scenarios were developed by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), and the guidelines for climate adaptation were gathered from government authorities, municipalities and insurance companies. Maps of risk areas are public via Nordic government authorities.

VisAdapt was launched at the concluding conference of the Top-level Research Initiative in Stockholm on 18 November.


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