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The thematic orientation in Mistra Swedish Reserch Programme on Climate, Impacts and Adaptation, Mistra-SWECIA, phase II (2012-2015) is on sectors in which land use decisions and management are key activities. The starting point will be a continued and more extensive analysis of climate change adaptation in Swedish forestry, which will be further extended cover other alternative land uses within the landscape, such as agriculture and nature protection, and their implications for land use decisions, including the potential for transitions between land use types.

Mistra-SWECIA aims to provide high quality and salient scientific support for informing climate change adaptation. The approach is to perform scenario-based integrated climate, impact and economic analysis and research on the adaptation process. The programme as well engages with stakeholders within and across different sectors and at a range of scales. The second phase of Mistra-SWECIA (2012-2015) will utilize and build further on accomplishments made in the first phase. The programme continues to be a collaborative effort between five main partners with wide-ranging but complementary expertise, which provides opportunities for cross-cutting integration and synthesis.


Scientific value and value to stakeholders and society at large
key results of the programme will be:

  • a new strong and cross-disciplinary Swedish research arena, bringing together physical climate sciences, terrestrial ecosystem and carbon cycle science, economics, and social sciences at the international state-of-the-art level
  • strengthened ability of Sweden to manage climate change by means of proactive adaptation on local, regional (sub-national) and national scales, which may also be used to support other countries ‒ put forward as a model for “good practice”, and used for capacity building in the least developed and developing nations
  • building-blocks of a strategy for long-term science-based and stakeholder-oriented operations of a national climate and adaptation dialogue platform


The second programme phase will primarily focus on sectors in which land use decisions and management are key activities. The starting point will be a continued and more extensive analysis of climate change adaptation in Swedish forestry. This will include both production and environmental goals that are the objectives of Sweden’s forestry policy. These considerations will thereafter be related to other alternative or neighbouring land uses within the landscape, such as agriculture and nature protection, and for their implications for land use decisions, including the potential for transitions between land use types.

The research and stakeholder interaction will jointly contribute to the development of a framework for assessing climate change adaptation needs and solutions on a sector and multisector basis, at the local-to-regional level in Sweden. The framework will in the course of the programme be demonstrated for the sectors involved.

Phase I

The first Mistra-SWECIA programme phase was four years (2008-2011). The programme featured different scientific disciplines that were connected by advanced modeling and case studies. The programme was organised in four projects along disciplinary lines:
Programme plan phase I

Phase II

The second phase of Mistra-SWECIA (2012-2015) is focused on two research components i) the study of sectorial climate change impacts and adaptation processes in Sweden, and ii) assessments of global and indirect drivers that determine the needs for and context in which such adaptation has to take place. These two thematic components are complemented with activities exclusively devoted to bridging science, policy and practice through partner-driven studies and synthesis (Component III).
Programme plan phase II
Component I: Regional climate change adaptation
Component II: Global drivers
Component III: Science-policy interface