Adaptation tools

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Several tools exist for dealing with climate change adaptation.
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Climate change adaptation entails several challenges. In order to provide orientation and information about the opportunities and risks for you, your company or municipality, the German Federal Environmental Agency and various other stakeholders provide a number of tools. They help to assess the impacts of climate change, minimise risks and seize opportunities.

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Tools of „KomPass - Climate Impacts and Adaptation in Germany“

Climate Navigator:
The Climate Navigator (“Klimalotse”) supports decision makers in developing their own strategy for climate change adaptation. It is addressed to local authorities as well as companies. The platform contains specific information and examples for both target groups and does not require any prior knowledge. Currently, the Climate Navigator is being revised.
The Climate Navigator is in German language; a short version is available in English.

The “Tatenbank” (deeds bank) introduces exemplary adaptation measures of different stakeholders. It provides all interested parties with a forum for an independent registration of adaptation projects and to receive suggestions for effective action. The data base focuses on local and regional measures that have already been carried out or are currently being implemented in Germany.
The Tatenbank is in German language.

Project Catalogue:
The Project Catalogue documents scientific projects in Germany and Central Europe, which generate basic knowledge on climate change adaptation. It informs stakeholders from research and research sponsors by collecting existing knowledge about climate impacts and adaptation.
The Project Catalogue is available in German and English.


Tools for municipalities

The research programme KlimaExWoSt developed the Stadtklimalotse (city climate guide), a tool that supports medium-sized and smaller municipalities in their decision-making processes. It enables municipalities to assess their own concern in ten fields of action. The core of the tool is a data base that contains approximately 140 adaptation measures that intend to support the user when selecting appropriate, context-specific measures.
The Stadtklimalotse is in German language.

Climate Scout:
The Climate Scout is run by the Climate Alliance and accompanies municipalities and communities in the development of a suitable adaptation strategy. The platform is designed in form of an Internet encyclopaedia and is divided into four modules. It provides incentives for the development of own solutions.
The Climate Scout is in German language.

Adaptation Compass:
The adaptation tool was developed in the context of the European cooperation project “Future Cities”. With the help of a workbook and numerous interlinked documents, it provides employees in local authorities with information enabling them to determine their own concern and identify cross-sectoral adaptation measures.
The Project Catalogue is available in German and English.

JELKA was developed together with the Jena climate change adaptation strategy. Based on an Open Office data base, the tool enables the finding and prioritisation of climate change adaptation measures in the region of Jena.
JELKA is in German language.


Tools for enterprises

QuickCheck has been developed in the context of the research project northwest2050. It provides enterprises with a tool to assess the degree to which they are affected by the impacts of climate change. The assessment is based on ten multiple-choice questions. Subsequently, a text that is automatically generated on the basis of these questions provides some first general recommendations for action.
QuickCheck is in German language.

Adaptus is an adaptation tool for enterprises and was developed in the context of the dynaklim project. With the help of guidelines and a workbook, it provides enterprises with a tool enabling them to assess their respective vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and determine priorities for action in terms of an entrepreneurial adaptation strategy.
Adaptus is in German language.

The klimAix tool has been developed in the context of the research programme KlimaExWoSt. It can be used both as an online application and in the form of a guide. Its background is the climate-friendly commercial space development in the region of Aachen. The tool’s primary objective is to identify the vulnerability of enterprises to extreme weather events and thus determine appropriate adaptation options. It is aimed at enterprises as well as economic promoters and planning authorities.
klimAix is in German language.

The LandCaRe-DSS system is aimed at agricultural companies and supports their decision-making processes by identifying appropriate adaptation options with the help of interactive scenarios. The tool allows for the calculation of changes of individual climate elements and climate-dependent indicators, such as the beginning of the growth period and the assessment of the impact of these changes.
The LandCaRe-DSS is in German language.


General tools

The decision support system “Forests and Climate Change” was established in the context of the klimazwei programme. It considers potential scenarios of forest development and thereby supports its users when choosing appropriate tree species against the backdrop of climate change. With the help of a climate-sensitive, location-dependent growth simulator, it describes the change in growth dynamics and subsequently evaluates it economically.
The LandCaRe-DSS is in German language.

International tools

The tool SALDO was developed in the context of the Austrian research programme StartClim. It supports its users in the evaluation and prioritisation of adaptation measures in different fields. With the help of predefined criteria, it presents both the effects and the synergies and conflicts of a measure in network diagrams.
SALDO is in German language.

The Swiss Federal Offices for the Environment and Civil Protection developed RiskPlan together. With the help of this tool, risks caused by hazards such as floods, heat waves or power failure can be estimated and located spatially. In addition, it provides for the possibility to quantify the total risk in the considered space and thus enables the assessment of the cost-effectiveness of these measures.
The LandCaRe-DSS is available in German and English.

EU Adaptation Support Tool:
The EU Adaptation Support Tool developed by the European Environment Agency assists users with the development of a climate adaptation plan and its monitoring. In addition, it provides access to various other sources and tools.
The EU Adaptation Support Tool is in English.

Adaptation Wizard:
UKCIP’s Adaptation Wizard supports organisations in adapting to climate change with the help of five steps. Starting with the objectives and an assessment of their own vulnerability to current and future climate, the Adaptation Wizard enables its users to identify and implement appropriate adaptation measures. The fifth step involves a monitoring of the own adaptation efforts.
The Adaptation Wizard is in English.

An overview of further helpful tools that have been developed for the UK can be found on the website of the UKCIP.