Climatic Change

, Volume 122, Issue 1–2, pp 27–39 | Cite as

Impact of climate change on agriculture in Northern Norway and potential strategies for adaptation

  • Eivind Uleberg
  • Inger Hanssen-Bauer
  • Bob van Oort
  • Sigridur Dalmannsdottir


This study evaluates the effects of climate change on agriculture in Northern Norway. It is based on downscaled climate projections for six different municipalities combined with interviews with farmers, advisors and administrative personnel in these municipalities. The projections document large climatic differences both between and within the different municipalities. The main predicted climatic changes include increasing temperatures and precipitation as well as increased frequency of certain types of extreme weather events. Despite challenges such as unstable winters, increased autumn precipitation and possibly more weeds and diseases, a prolongation of the current short growth season together with higher growth temperatures can give new opportunities for agriculture here. The impacts are expected to differ both within and between municipalities and will require tailored adaptive strategies. Most of these however should pose no difficulty implementing, having an agronomical basis that farmers are accustomed to cope with.


Snow Cover Rabies Adaptive Capacity Perennial Ryegrass Extreme Weather Event 
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The project was funded by the Norwegian Research Council, the County Councils of Nordland and Troms, and the County Governors of Troms, Nordland and Finnmark. A special thanks to the farmers and advisors who shared their experiences with us, and to the North Norwegian Agricultural Council for initiating the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eivind Uleberg
    • 1
  • Inger Hanssen-Bauer
    • 2
    • 3
  • Bob van Oort
    • 4
  • Sigridur Dalmannsdottir
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental ResearchTromsøNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Meteorological InstituteOsloNorway
  3. 3.Telemark University CollegeNorway
  4. 4.Cicero – Center for International Climate and Environmental ResearchOsloNorway

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