UN World Water Day: 7 dimensions of the water and climate change connection

Green transition 20 March 2020 Annette Raben Anni Orkoneva Dr. Soubhagya Pattanayak Bjørnar Nordeidet Jan Kürstein

Water is linked to climate change in various ways. Some cities need to adapt to a future of more heavy rainfalls while others can expect more frequent periods of droughts. Coastal areas need to manage more storm-surges, and water-consuming industries need to cope with water-scarcity. However, managing the water systems in wise and innovative ways can also help reducing carbon emissions and hence mitigate the consequences of climate change.


The UN World Water Day 2020 is focusing on the connections between water and climate change. So, we have created seven videos showcasing different dimensions and solutions presented by experts from our global water practice.


Integrated climate adaptation plan in Gothenburg

Henrik Bodin-Sköld explains why integrated plans are important in a city like Gothenburg and presents two projects; the Sahlgrenska Hospital and the quay area Masthuggskajen.


Mitigating climate change through integrated water management in Denmark

Annette Raben goes through four was of improving and integrating the water system so that energy is stored and reused, and carbon emissions are hence reduced.


Protecting the flood-prone city-center in Helsinki

Anni Orkoneva explains why more frequent heavy rainfalls and storm-surge poses a threat to the Töölönlahti inner-city area of Helsinki and how Ramboll is helping.


Helping industries cope with water scarcity

Soubhagya Pattanayak explains why water scarcity is a growing threat to water-consuming industries and how Ramboll helps improve industrial resource management.


Adapting to rising sea-levels and cloudburst-risk in Norway

Bjørnar Nordeidet elaborates on coastal issues as Norway has the world’s longest coastline. He also presents the cost analysis that Ramboll has made for the City of Oslo.


Avoiding Day Zero in Cape Town

Jan Kürstein explains how cities can learn from Cape Town that was dramatically close to a ‘Day Zero’ shutdown of the public water utility in 2018.


Implementing nature-based solutions at Lake Ontario

Jennifer Olivo expands on how climate change is impacting The Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, and how nature-based solutions can yield long-term protection.


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