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

The UNFCCC Compendium on methods and tools to evaluate impacts of, and vulnerability and adaptation to, climate change is designed to assist Parties and other potential users in selecting the most appropriate methodology for assessments of impacts and vulnerability, and preparing for adaptation to climate change. The Compendium was developed in 1999 and updated in 2003, 2005, 2008 and more recently in 2009.

At its 28th Session, the SBSTA requested the secretariat to develop, by its thirty-second session and in collaboration with relevant organizations, institutions and networks, a user-friendly version of the Compendium.

In collaboration with a large number of organizations, institutions and networks present at the International Workshop on Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change: guidance and tools, Berlin, Germany, 28-30 May 2009, the secretariat updated relevant existing entries and added new entries related to mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development cooperation.

To make it more user-friendly and easily accessible, the compendium is now available online, with all entries searchable through three filters: sector (e.g. agriculture, forestry, etc), theme (climate scenarios, impact assessment, etc), and type (e.g. guidance document, modelling tool etc).

To ensure that new, robust and practical methods and tools are included in the compendium, and the current entries up to date, please send your suggestions for new entries and updates to existing ones using the form.

Sector

Theme

Type

Total entries: 128
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Method / Tool Sector Theme Type
Information and Decision Support System for Climate Change Studies in South East South America (IDSS-SESA Climate Change) Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
ORYZA 2000 Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
ACRU (Agricultural Catchments Research Unit) Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
WOFOST Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator) Agriculture
Impact assessment
Methodological frameworks
Modelling tool
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
ORCHIDEE Dynamic Global Vegetation ModelAgriculture
Human health
Multiple sectors
Terrestial ecosystem
Water resources
Adaptation evaluation
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Vulnerability mapping
Modelling tool
The South Pacific Island Methodology (SPIM) Coastal resources
Adaptation evaluation
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
SmartLineCoastal resources
Vulnerability mapping
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Reef Resilience Toolkit Coastal resources
Stakeholder engagement
Knowledge platform
Modelling tool
Shoreline Management Planning (SMP) Coastal resources
Methodological frameworks
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
COSMO (Coastal Zone Simulation Model) Coastal resources
Climate scenarios
Modelling tool
Community Vulnerability Assessment Tool (CVAT) Coastal resources
Vulnerability mapping
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
CoastClim of Simulator of Climate Change Risks and Adaptation Initiatives (SimClim)Coastal resources
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Sea level scenarios
Modelling tool
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
DIVA and DINAS-COAST Coastal resources
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Sea level scenarios
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
SURVAS Coastal resources
Impact assessment
Vulnerability mapping
Resources (case studies)
Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Common Methodology (CM) Coastal resources
Methodological frameworks
Sea level scenarios
Guidance document
Bruun Rule Coastal resources
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Climate Change Data Portal by the World Bank Generic
Climate scenarios
Resources (data)
IPCC Technical Guidelines for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and AdaptationsGeneric
Adaptation evaluation
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Guidance document
UNDP Adaptation Policy Framework (APF)Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Methodological frameworks
Stakeholder engagement
Vulnerability mapping
Guidance document
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) Climate Adaptation: Risk, Uncertainty and Decision MakingGeneric
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Methodological frameworks
Sea level scenarios
Socio-economic scenarios
Guidance document
IPCC-TGCIA Guidelines on the Use of Scenario Data for Climate Impact and AdaptationGeneric
Adaptation evaluation
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Methodological frameworks
Sea level scenarios
Socio-economic scenarios
Guidance document
United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP 02) Climate Change Scenarios Generic
Climate scenarios
Methodological frameworks
Socio-economic scenarios
Resources (data)
Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) Project and Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs) Generic
Climate scenarios
Guidance document
Knowledge platform
Statistical DownScaling Model (SDSM) Generic
Climate scenarios
Modelling tool
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