Critical infrastructure vulnerability: a research note on adaptation to climate change in the Nordic countries

Antti Silvast, Rico Kongsager, Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen, Minna Lundgren, Mikko Virtanen

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This research note reviews recent literature on the vulnerability of critical infrastructures caused by climate change with a focus on the Nordic countries. We integrate literature from three research areas: the role of critical infrastructures in the functioning of society, infrastructural vulnerabilities, and the long-term impacts of climate change. Focusing on climate change adaptation in the Nordic countries as a pivotal case, we discuss the mutually constitutive interrelationships between these three areas. The studies reviewed bring together social science and humanities research on infrastructure systems, their vulnerabilities, and climate change. By highlighting interdisciplinary perspectives on infrastructures, climate change, and societal security, this research note discusses a Nordic model of infrastructure provision and links the Nordic debate to a burgeoning European discussion on the role of the social sciences and humanities in addressing societal challenges related to climate change and the role of infrastructures in providing welfare.

Translated title of the contributionKritisk infrastruktur sårbarhed: en forskningsnotat om tilpasning til klimaforandringer i de nordiske lande
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeografisk tidsskrift / Danish journal of geography
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)79-90
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • adaptation
  • climate change
  • infrastructure
  • local communities
  • Vulnerability


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