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.


German Climate Preparedness Portal

Your guide to climate services of the government and federal states: The KliVO Portal collects data and information concerning climate change as well as services for a target-oriented adaption to the effects of climate change. Regardless of whether guidelines, web tools, maps or upskilling qualification and advice – all of the climate services aim to support you with your self provision in face of the inevitable effects of climate change.

The climate services presented on KLiVO have in many cases arisen as a result of research projects and have a sound scientific basis. All services are regularly monitored to ensure that they are in line with the latest findings and are regularly updated. You can make use of all these services without restriction and free of charge.

The Competence Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation (⁠KomPass⁠) at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is the central point of contact for all services on the theme of climate adaptation. The KlimAdapt user-provider network, coordinated by KomPass, supports the further development of KLiVO and user-oriented services, identifies gaps between provided and needed services and aims at increasing the usage of climate adaptation services.

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Many services on KLiVO deal with heatstress
Source: Umweltbundesamt

International tools

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.

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.