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Aquatic Nature Based Solutions


SCC Elite Centre of Aquatic Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change adaptation and mitigation

Elite centre Aqua-Nbs

Aquatic nature-based solutions (NbS) are methods based on ecosystem restoration and/or in combination to soft engineering interventions to tackle climate change by working with people and nature towards sustainable development and net-zero emission. Furthermore, aquatic NbS provide climate adaptation and mitigation to further support rich biodiversity, building-up socio-ecological resilience.

Most aquatic NbS are uncoordinated and small-scale, focusing on one habitat or engineering solution. Current aquatic NbS endeavors thus have a limited impact on wide-scale ecosystem restoration, leaving a range of potential benefits and services untapped: carbon storage, climate regulation, water filtration, coastal protection, and food-web support to name a few.

The Elite Centre of Aquatic Nature-based Solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation (Aqua-NbS) will expand the provision of ecosystem services by moving from small-scale to integrated and large-scale aquatic NbS to achieve improved societal and ecological resilience. We apply a cross-diciplinary approach spanning the full land-sea continuum and incorporate a comprehensive range of technological, institutional, and socio-economic settings. Our outcomes will include analysis of ecosystem functions and associated valuation of ecosystem services, and guidelines on the cost-effectiveness in upscaling aquatic NbS, addressing opportunities and challenges.

 For more information, see the Aqua-NbS website.

PI and coordinator for Aqua-NbS

Associate Professor Cintia O. Quintana, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science.

Co-PI and co-coordinator for Aqua-NbS

  • Sara Egemose, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science.

Co-PIs for Aqua-NbS

  • Gary Banta, Head of Department, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science.
  • Nicola Tollin, Professor WSR, Department of Technology and Innovation, Faculty of Engineering.
  • Alberto Innocenti, Assistant Professor, Department of Technology and Innovation, Faculty of Engineering
  • Lone Grønbæk Jørgensen, Associate Professor, Head of Department, Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences
  • Brooks Kaiser, Professor, Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences.