• Period | 2017 - 2020
  • Country | Norway, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Market | Natural hazards
  • Project Manager | Amy M P Oen
  • Partner | SGI, Deltares, Christian Albrechts University of Kiel - Larvik Municipality, Värmland County, Province of North Brabant, Drents Overijselse Delta, City of Flensburg
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EVOKED

The objective of EVOKED is to re-frame the risk and uncertainty associated with climate data into knowledge products more understandable and useful for end-users concerned with risk mitigation and adaptation. EVOKED places the user's knowledge needs at the forefront as the driver for further specification of climate data to enhance the end-users to respond to climate change impacts.
Enhancing the value of climate data
- translating risk and uncertainty
- utilizing a Living Labs approach

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EVOKED places the user's knowledge needs at the forefront as the driver for further specification of climate data, enhancing the value of climate data and subsequently improving the interface between the climate science community and policy makers with regard to adaptation measures to address the impacts of climate change.

Each step in the EVOKED framework methodology adds value to the service chain to generate synergy and innovation with the final result greater than the sum of its parts:

  • Beginning with a user-centered design ensures that the needs, wants, and limitations of a potentialBeginning with a user-centered design ensures that the needs, wants, and limitations of a potential product or service are placed at the forefront (WP1 Co-Design).
  • Transforming design to developing visualization tools and climate change scenarios generates new ideas and encourages knowledge exchange between our partners to better understand risk and uncertainty (WP2 Co-Develop).
  • Validating assumptions on climate adaptation measures and their implementation using a collaborative modeling process will facilitate the joint formation of negotiated solutions, increasing ownership and acceptance (WP3 Co-Validate).
  • Assessing user satisfaction provides feedback to bridge the process-content gap to improve each step in the EVOKED framework and ultimately help build engaged communities (WP4 Co-Evaluate).
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EVOKED framework and the Living Labs user initiated feedback-loop to translate the risk and uncertainty of climate knowledge to enhance the quality and relevance of climate services.

In order to overcome the generic barriers of climate adaptation at the global scale, EVOKED will be initiated at local and regional case study sites in Norway, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. The EVOKED project team is already participating in studies at these case study sites and therefore these preliminary studies will provide a point of departure for the EVOKED framework methodology. The end-users have also identified specific areas where EVOKED can enhance the value of their ongoing climate adaptation processes.

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  • Larvik, Norway:
    EVOKED end users

    The knowledge needs and the perception of risk and uncertainty in Larvik municipality will be further explored to improve the visualization of climate data for the local authorities as well as the community of Larvik.
     
  • Värmland, Sweden:
    Finding ways to communicate the integrated risks associated with a changing climate and bring together different experts in order to improve the knowledge capacity of different target groups.
     
  • Province of North Brabant, the Netherlands:
    Improving the access and applicability of climate knowledge by using the experiences and results from the stakeholder sessions in the building of a climate knowledge portal.
     
  • Drents Overijselse Delta, the Netherlands:
    Learn how (and to what extent) the collaborating governments are able to shape the preparedness of communities at risk through effective communication strategies.
     
  • City of Flensburg, Germany:
    Support in assessing vulnerability and in exploring potential adaptation options that are less engineered and subsequently more acceptable for stakeholders.

The main impact of EVOKED is to enhance the capacity of our partners as well as the wider community where risk and uncertainty in climate knowledge is translated to usable and relevant products such as visualization tools (based on e.g. GIS or graphic design) and climate- and socio-economic change scenarios. This translation will improve the decision making processes and the implementation of climate adaption measures around Europe.

A second impact of EVOKED is the establishment of the climate services market within the countries of the project partners and a plan for potential transferability to the European market. Thirdly, the successful demonstration of the EVOKED approach at the case study sites will be translated to private enterprises and subsequently explored how to initiate the development of climate services for the business sector.

Work Package Description and Added Value

EVOKED's research activities are organized in four Co-production Work Packages (WPs) that mirror the EVOKED framework shown in the figure above. The four Work Packages are described under the tab "Sub-Projects" (see on top og this page).

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Project management structure and decision making procedures

The EVOKED research project will be coordinated by NGI (the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute) with Dr. Amy M.P. Oen, a senior researcher at NGI, as the project leader. She will administer the project and liaise between all consortium partners to include the end-users at the established case study sites;

  • Larvik municipality in Norway
  • The region of Värmland in Sweden
  • Province of North Brabant and Drents Overijselse Delta in the Netherlands
  • City of Flensburg in Germany.

The collaborating research organizations, which are key knowledge providers and knowledge translators, include

  • The Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI)
  • Deltares (DS) in the Netherlands
  • The Department of Geography at Christian-Albrechts University Kiel (CAU) in Germany.

A schematic of the project organization structure, including WP leaders and collaborative teams, is illustrated in the figure below:

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The EVOKED project organization, multidisciplinary collaboration between and within work packages with research institutes and end-users as partners in the Stakeholder Decision Board and contacts in case study sites.

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The project organization figure highlights different roles for the consortium and provide a framework for the distribution of tasks among consortium members. Responsibilities are briefly summarized below. The Steering Committee (SC) is the highest level of authority within the consortium. The SC is chaired by the Project Leader and includes all WP leaders and the Stakeholder Decision Board. The SC will meet yearly and discuss project progress and scientific findings, as well as cooperation at the various case study sites with
local stakeholders. The SC has the following tasks:

  • Monitor the timely completion and overall progress and output of the project with respect to milestones and expected outcomes
  • Review of deliverables, with respect to quality, relevance, and content
  • Ensure protection of intellectual property rights
  • Review resolved or unresolved internal disputes or grievances if needed for a final internal decision.

Consortium science partners

The research organizations involved (NGI, SGI, Deltares and the The Department of Geography at Christian-Albrechts University Kiel) cover a range of expertise and complementary competencies as described below.

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NGI (The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute) is a private foundation and a leading centre of research and consultancy on engineering-related geosciences. NGI provides expertise with regard to the technical aspects of EVOKED related to flooding, disaster risk reduction and coastal management, modelling different climate scenarios and GIS capabilities. Overall project leader, Dr. Amy M.P. Oen, is a senior research at NGI and has been working in the environmental technology field for the last 20 years (Ph.D, University of Oslo). Her major fields of work are related to risk assessment, monitoring, as well as knowledge brokering to improve stakeholder involvement. Dr. Carl Harbitz is Head of Section RiSC (risk, landslide geotechnics, and climate adaptation) and will be responsible for Quality assurance. Bjørn Kalsnes, Discipline Leader Risk Assessment & Climate Impact will lead WP4. In general, the funding framework for NGI in the ERA4CS program provides NGI with sufficient resources to support all case study sites.

The Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI) is a national authority with responsibility for geotechnical issues, including landslides, erosion and the consequences of flooding and extreme weather events. The policyrelevant knowledge produced and mediated by SGI comprises sustainable land use planning, foundation engineering, polluted land / sediments and remediation, as well as climate change adaptation. Dr. Lisa Van Well is a senior researcher at SGI with a background in political science, climate change governance and spatial planning. Van Well is WP1 leader and her inter-disciplinary context will help bridge the gap between geotechnical science and climate change adaptation governance at multi-levels. Additional contributors from SGI include Per Danielsson, a senior advisor at SGI and is the Swedish National Coordinator for Coastal Erosion, and Dr. Miriam Zetterlund, a senior researcher at SGI with a background in decision analysis, hydrogeology and rock engineering and leading research projects regarding decision support tools for more
sustainable spatial planning.

Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface focusing mainly on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why Deltares works closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad. WP3 leader is Dr. Rutger van de Brugge, a senior advisor in transition management and climate adaptation with a focus on urban water management. Gerald Jan Ellen MSc. will also contribute. He is a senior researcher/advisor and program manager of the research program on Delta Governance (enabling working and living in delta areas).

Christian-Albrechts University Kiel (CAU) is a public institution of the German State of Schleswig-Holstein. The Department of Geography at has a long tradition in coastal research, which has been further strengthened with the establishment of the Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise (CRSLR) research group of the “Future Ocean” Excellence Cluster. The research of CRSLR focuses on understanding how coastal systems respond to combined pressures from natural and anthropogenic forcings. Dr. Athanasios Vafeidis is Professor in coastal systems and hazards and leads the CRSLR group. His major field of work is related to Coastal vulnerability/impact modelling and assessment; as well as on developing spatial scenarios of Coastal population change. Dr. Jana Koerth is a senior scientist at CAU and an expert on coastal adaptation. Her research focuses on private adaptation at household-level and on stakeholder involvement in the development of adaptation strategies.

Project funding

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Project EVOKED is part of ERA4CS, an ERA-NET initiated by JPI Climate, and funded by RCN (NO), FORMAS (SE), NWO (NL), BMBF (DE) with co-funding by European Union (Grant 690462).

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