Southern Norway

NorwayGeneral information

Name of region Southern Norway
Contact (general) Klaus Mittenzwei
Contact (ag. scenarios) Klaus Mittenzwei
Location (NUTS code)
Farming systems in region
(SEAMLESS nomenclature)
  • arable/cereal
  • dairy cattle/permanent grass
  • beef and mixed cattle/permanent grass

Specific issues the region deals with/will deal with

*weather dependence of crop yields (cereals, grass) *GHG emissions of dairy/beef cattle systems, incl. Mitigation methods *economic focus on the trade-off between GHG emission reductions, food security, and cultural landscapes

Regional challenges with regard to climate change

*climate change regards foremost crop production: a prospective of increased average yields on the one hand, but on the other hand a higher probability of severe weather conditions in the planting period (too wet, too cold) and in the harvesting period (too wet to access the fields) *indirectly, climate change raised questions about the objectives and means of Norwegian agricultural policy as it is not clear whether the current level of agricultural activity, and even the proposed increase in agricultural activities is sustainable in a national and global perspective

Important adaptation measures that will be considered in the study

species/varietal choice plant breeding changed planting/sowing days management of feeding and reproduction of livestock structure and scale of production adjustment political regulations at various administrative levels

Models, stakeholders, advancement of knowledge

Models used in the study
Jordmod: A spatial, static, multi-commodity partial equilibrium model for the Norwegian Agricultural sector divided into 32 production regions. Single farms at the regional level maximize profits for given prices. These farms constitute the supply side in the market module of the model and are matched with consumer demand to maximize social welfare. Jordmod will need input for crop yields from the crop models and farm management input from the livestock model

To be announced

LINGRA model for grass production with a focus on harvest security and biomass yield

HOLOS - a detailed livestock model to calculate GHG emissions of livestock systems. Calibrated with farm accounts and biological information for six Norwegian municipalities

Stakeholders involved in the study

Agro-business or agro food chain

To be announced

Administrative bodies or regional or national governments

To be announced

Contribution to answering the focus question

Effects of extreme weather events Possibly the social costs of various adaptation strategies needs to be further elaborated with national partners