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NATURACT – Nature‐based solutions for climate change: upscaling landscape‐based climate mitigation and adaptation actions

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NATURACT engages five Norwegian research organisations representing the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. The consortium includes two of the leading Norwegian research institutes working with climate systems and impacts, NORCE and NGI, to include their broader national networks represented in the two Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI’s), Climate Futures and Klima2050. University partners include NTNU and AHO with expertise in global climate impact modelling and climate impacts on landscapes respectively. Both NGI and AHO have developed competency in NBS for climate adaptation. In addition to collaboration between traditional climate researchers, NATURACT includes NIKU to incorporate cultural landscape perspectives as well as designers at AHO to frame the NATURACT activities in an innovative Systems Oriented Design (SOD) approach. SOD caters to the interdisciplinary reach of the project and negotiates the complexity of climate change and NBS interventions.

Project Leader: Amy Marie Patrin Oen (NGI)

Additional AHO researchers: Researcher Abel Crawford, Prof. Birger Sevaldson, and Nils Roar Sælthun


Helms, Karin


Karin Helms is a Landscape architect, she was appointed Professor at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape at AHO in 2020. Before, she was associate Professor at ENSP Versailles, Head of the Design Department and later Deputy Dean of  International Affairs. She was State Landscape architect advisor in Upper Normandy for 20 years. She studied biology in Milan, landscape architecture at Gembloux’ school and  ENSP Versailles. In 2019, she gained her PhD by practice at the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT. She has received several prizes and grants, including the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie research grant through the ADAPT-r programme. Her research includes Landscape urbanism and Large scale Landscape transformation. She has been involved in associations for the promotion of the profession and education in landscape architecture and became President of IFLA Europe in 2019.

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Sjödahl, Elisabeth


Elisabeth is an architect and landscape architect, and is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape. She is the co-­founder of International Workshops for Architecture and Urbanism (IWAU) and founding partner of Worksonland, which develops urban, architectural and landscape  projects where water has a strong influence. Past teaching at KTH Stockholm,  UCH CEU Valencia, and ETSAV University,  Valencia.

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Müller, Sabine


Sabine Müller is Professor of Urbanism at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape. She is an architect and partner in the architectural practice SMAQ, based in Berlin. She has taught at Technical University of Delft, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Bauhaus Dessau and Cornell University. Her research focus, based on research by design, lies in the field of transformative urban design and ecological-infrastructural urbanism. She has published “Charter of Dubai – A Manifest of Critical Urban Transformation”, “Brakin – Brazzaville- Kinshasa : Visualizing the Visible” and contributed to many other books and exhibitions mapping the field of contemporary and environmental challenges.

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