The Value of Nature-based Climate Adaptation in Denmark

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Juliane Kirstine Bjerring
  • Nhung Tuyet Nguyen
4. term, Geography, Master (Master Programme)
Climate change has resulted in new patterns of extreme precipitation that require urban development to implement climate adaptations. These weather changes challenge the existing sewer system's capacity. Thus, this report investigates: \textit{How can nature-based climate adaptation concerning increasing precipitation create value within urban areas in Denmark?}

In this research the five Danish climate adaptations are: sØnæs, Klimaparken, Aktivitetsskoven, Selsmosen, and Tåsinge Plads. The areas have been examined through literature study, interviews, observations, and the use of GIS.
To conceptualise how value is generated at these places, the conceptual framework included the concepts of ecosystem services (ESS) and Nature-based Solutions (NbS).

Common to all the projects in this report is a water-inspired recreational area, thus utilising the water as a resource.
NbS depend on the local context, where the natural processes come into play. Finally, this research concludes that climate adaptation must not be static after establishment, as climate change is a dynamic process. NbS incorporates this request, integrating the solution with the local ecosystem while adding value to its ecosystem services. Thus, NbS provides the urban areas in Denmark with opportunities to adapt to an uncertain future and, at the same time, create a new value for the citizens.
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2021
ID: 414304132