Climate-service innovation & enhancing climate-resilience in Arctic businesses

Organized by: Climate-KIC Aps 22. September 2017

The development of climate-services has been a much-trumpeted ambition of policymakers globally as part of the effort to limit the damages and risks caused by the onset of climate change. Climate-services are a key mechanism to close the gap between research institutions and business. In the Arctic, climate-services represent a unique opportunity to create tangible benefit from work being conducted at the forefront of climate science; to enhance the climate-resilience of Arctic industries whilst, providing forward-thinking businesses with new opportunities to achieve blue-green growth.

Sunday, October 15, 08:00 - 09:00

This session is designed to present the benefits of climate-services; evaluate their value to the long-term climate-resilience strategies of Arctic businesses; discuss why and how such services are to be made available to all Arctic stakeholders; and explore how climate-service development and development of other climate-resilient innovations can be accelerated to meet the growing demands of the Arctic economy.
By conducting this session we hope to further build upon the audiences pre-existing knowledge of what climate-services are and what they can achieve. We would like to draw their attention to the work of “beyond state-of-the-art” research projects such as Blue-Action (EU Horizon 2020 project) and the implications that such work can have for businesses, communities and other such organizations operating in the Arctic region.
Drawing on the first-hand experiences of some of our speakers, we want to transmit to the audience the needs and opportunities of smaller and larger Arctic businesses, with concrete examples of how the products of climate-service development can be effectively incorporated into a long-term business strategy.
Finally, we aim to get the audience to think about the future of the development of climate-service and other climate-related technologies, and what “infrastructure” is needed to foster innovation in this field.


  • Mark Payne, Senior Researcher, Danish Technical University: Introduction to climate-services: the opportunities and the benefits
  • Mads Randbøll Wolff, Project Manager Nordic Ministry Council for the Nordic Pavilion at COP23: Arctic SME’s and achieving climate resilience
  • Øvin Aarnes, DNV GL: Climate-services and their role in long-term business strategy


  • Peter Vangsbo, Nordic Business Developer Climate-KIC: Facilitating greater innovation within climate services and climate-resilience, breaking down knowledge silos


  • Solveig Zophoniasdottir, Climate KI