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Compendium on methods and tools to evaluate impacts of, and vulnerability and adaptation to, climate change

Identifying Adaptation Options

Guidance on the identification and selection of adaptation options that can be used to respond to climate risks.

Appropriate Use The guidance note is aimed at supporting decision and policy makers who are faced with identifying and appraising the selection and implementation of adaptation measures that address identified climate risks. It is intended to be used as a companion piece to other UKCIP tools such as the Adaptation Wizard; Risk, Uncertainty and Decision-Making Framework; Business Areas Climate Impacts Assessment Tool (BACLIAT), adaptation actions database, and the guidance on costing the impacts of climate change.
Scope The guidance note explores adaptation options relating them to their intended purpose - Building Adaptive Capacity or Delivering Adaptation Actions. It also considers the options in the context of strategic intentions - living with and bearing losses or risks, preventing effects or reducing exposure to risks, sharing responsibility for any losses or risks, or exploiting opportunities. Each of these is further explored through generic examples with real-world specific examples provided.
Key Output The intention is that after reading this guidance note, decision and policy makers will have the information that will allow them to identify an appropriate set of adaptation options using the other UKCIP tools and guidance.
Key Input None required
Ease of Use The note is targeted for users and has both generic and real-world examples of adaptation options.
Training Required None
Training Available None
Computer Requirements The guidance note is available from the UKCIP website and is accessible using any web browser software.
Documentation This guidance note is available at


Contacts for Framework, Documentation, Technical Assistance

Roger Street

 Technical Director,Technical Assistance, UK Climate Impacts Programme; e-mail: or through enquiries at:

Cost There is no charge for access to this guidance. It is expected that users of this guidance (and all UKCIP tools) will provide feedback to UKCIP regarding the overall results, as well as comments and suggestions towards improving the guidance.