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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
Climate Outlooks and Agent-based Simulation of Adaptation in Africa (CLOUD )Agriculture
Adaptation evaluation
Climate scenarios
Stakeholder engagement
Modelling tool
Climate Related Risks Estimate as Indicators of Necessity for Adaptation ResponsesGeneric
Economic analysis
Guidance document
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
CLIMWAT 2.0 Agriculture
Climate scenarios
Resources (data)
CM BoxAgriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling 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
Community Vulnerability Assessment Tool (CVAT) Coastal resources
Vulnerability mapping
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Community-based Disaster Risk Management Field Practitioners Handbook Generic
Methodological frameworks
Stakeholder engagement
Guidance document
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Community-based Risk Screening Tool Adaptation & Livelihoods (CRiSTAL) Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Methodological frameworks
Stakeholder engagement
Modelling tool
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Comprehensive Hazard and Risk Management (CHARM) Generic
Stakeholder engagement
Vulnerability mapping
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
COSMIC2 (COuntry Specific Model for Intertemporal Climate Vers. 2) Generic
Climate scenarios
Modelling tool
COSMO (Coastal Zone Simulation Model) Coastal resources
Climate scenarios
Modelling tool
Cost benefit analysisGeneric
Adaptation evaluation
Economic analysis
Methodological frameworks
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Cost-Effectiveness Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Economic analysis
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Costing the Impacts of Climate Change in the UK Generic
Economic analysis
Guidance document
Resources (case studies)
CRAM (Canadian Regional Agriculture Model) Agriculture
Economic analysis
Socio-economic scenarios
Modelling tool
CROPWATAgriculture
Mainstreaming
Modelling tool
Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) developed under the International Consortium for Agricultural Systems Applications (ICASA) Agriculture
Adaptation evaluation
Climate scenarios
Stakeholder engagement
Modelling tool
Decision Support Systems Linking Agro-Climatic Indices with GCM-Originated Climate Change Scenarios Agriculture
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Developing Socio-Economic Scenarios for use in Vulnerability and Adaptation AssessmentsGeneric
Sea level scenarios
Guidance document
DIVA and DINAS-COAST Coastal resources
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Sea level scenarios
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Econometric (Ricardian-Based) Models Agriculture
Adaptation evaluation
Modelling tool
Environmental Burden of Disease Assessment Human health
Impact assessment
Guidance document
Modelling tool
Erosion Productivity Impact Calculator (EPIC) Agriculture
Adaptation evaluation
Impact assessment
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Estimating Adaptation Costs: M-CACES Generic
Economic analysis
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
European Flood Alert System (EFAS) Water resources
Vulnerability mapping
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
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