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

Impacts Database

The impacts database is a web-based database of climate / weather-related impacts as reported in the media. It enables the user to assess the impacts of a particular climatic event thereby enabling them to plan for future events of its kind.

Appropriate Use The tool is useful in assessing what impacts may result from extreme weather events. It is not for use in distinguishing whether a particular weather event was a result of climate change.
Scope The majority of impacts documented in the impacts database are UK-based. However, there are certain instances of impacts outside of the UK.
Key Output

User-specified search results supplied in the form of a summary for each example plus the source of the full document.

Key Input

A user-specified sector or searchable field

Ease of Use

Extremely easy to use

Training Required None
Training Available None
Computer Requirements Access to the internet
Documentation All the documentation is supplied within the database

Use in UKCIP presentations - this tool has only recently become available.

Contacts for Framework, Documentation, Technical Assistance

Anna Steynor

Scientific Officer, UK Climate Impacts Programme; email:

Cost None