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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
Method / Tool Sector Theme Type
ACRU (Agricultural Catchments Research Unit) Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Adaptation Actions Database (UK)Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Adaptation Decision Matrix (ADM) Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Economic analysis
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Adaptation Guidance DocumentWater resources
Adaptation planning
Mainstreaming
Methodological frameworks
Stakeholder engagement
Guidance document
Adoption of Existing Socioeconomic ScenariosGeneric
Climate scenarios
Socio-economic scenarios
Guidance document
AEZ (Agro-ecological Zones) Methodology Terrestial ecosystem
Methodological frameworks
Modelling tool
AFRC-Wheat Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Agent Based Social Simulation Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Stakeholder engagement
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Agroclimatic Water Stress Mapping Agriculture
Impact assessment
Vulnerability mapping
Modelling tool
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
AgroMetShellAgriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Alfalfa 1.4 Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator) Agriculture
Impact assessment
Methodological frameworks
Modelling tool
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
AquaCrop Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Aquarius Water resources
Adaptation evaluation
Modelling tool
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and SectorsMultiple sectors
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Climate scenarios
Economic analysis
Impact assessment
Sea level scenarios
Socio-economic scenarios
Stakeholder engagement
Vulnerability mapping
Resources (case studies)
Bruun Rule Coastal resources
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Business Area Climate Impacts Assessment Tool (BACLIAT ) Generic
Impact assessment
Stakeholder engagement
Guidance document
CALVIN (CALifornia Value Integrated Network) Water resources
Economic analysis
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
CASA (Carnegie-Ames-Stanford Approach) Model Terrestial ecosystem
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
CENTURY Agriculture
Terrestial ecosystem
Adaptation evaluation
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
CIMSiM and DENSiM (Dengue Simulation Model)Human health
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Climate Adaptation Tool (CAT)Generic
Multiple sectors
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Climate scenarios
Economic analysis
Impact assessment
Mainstreaming
Methodological frameworks
Stakeholder engagement
Vulnerability mapping
Guidance document
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Climate change and Environmental Degradation Risk and Adaptation assessment (CEDRA) by Tearfund Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Impact assessment
Stakeholder engagement
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Climate Change Data Portal by the World Bank Generic
Climate scenarios
Resources (data)
Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) Project and Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs) Generic
Climate scenarios
Guidance document
Knowledge platform
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
Expert Judgment Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Economic analysis
Impact assessment
Vulnerability mapping
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
FAOClim 2.0 Agriculture
Climate scenarios
Resources (data)
General-Purpose Atmospheric Plant Soil Simulator (GAPS 3.1) Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Global Sustainability Scenarios Generic
Socio-economic scenarios
Stakeholder engagement
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
GLYCIM Agriculture
Adaptation evaluation
Economic analysis
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
GOSSYM/COMAX Agriculture
Adaptation evaluation
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Government Support in Agriculture for Losses due to Climatic Variability Agriculture
Economic analysis
Knowledge platform
Guidelines for Emergency Assessment Generic
Methodological frameworks
Stakeholder engagement
Guidance document
Guidelines for the Preparation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA)Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Climate scenarios
Methodological frameworks
Sea level scenarios
Socio-economic scenarios
Guidance document
Guidelines on Climate Watches Generic
Stakeholder engagement
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
GWP Action pledgeWater resources
Handbook for Estimating the Socio-Economic and Environmental Effects of Disasters Generic
Impact assessment
Methodological frameworks
Guidance document
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Historical or Geographic Analogs: Forecasting by Analogy Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Guidance document
IBIS (Integrated BIosphere Simulator) Terrestial ecosystem
Methodological frameworks
Modelling tool
Identifying Adaptation Options Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Guidance document
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
IMAGE (Integrated Model to Assess the Greenhouse Effect) Terrestial ecosystem
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Impacts Database Multiple sectors
Impact assessment
Resources (case studies)
Information and Decision Support System for Climate Change Studies in South East South America (IDSS-SESA Climate Change) Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Input-Output Modeling (with IMPLAN) Agriculture
Adaptation evaluation
Modelling tool
Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Common Methodology (CM) Coastal resources
Methodological frameworks
Sea level scenarios
Guidance document
Interactive River and Aquifer Simulation (IRAS) Water resources
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
IPCC Technical Guidelines for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and AdaptationsGeneric
Adaptation evaluation
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
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
Livelihood Sensitivity Exercise Generic
Socio-economic scenarios
Stakeholder engagement
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Local Climate Estimator (New_LocClim) Agriculture
Stakeholder engagement
Modelling tool
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Lund-Potsdam-Jena Dynamic Global Model (LPJ)Terrestial ecosystem
Methodological frameworks
Modelling tool
LymSiM Human health
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
MAGICC/SCENGEN Generic
Climate scenarios
Modelling tool
Mapping Malaria Risk in Africa (MARA) Low-end Information Tool (LITe) Human health
Vulnerability mapping
Modelling tool
MC1 Terrestial ecosystem
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Medrush Vegetation Model Terrestial ecosystem
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
MIASMA (Modeling Framework for the Health Impact Assessment of Man-Induced Atmospheric Changes) Human health
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
MIKE BASIN Water resources
Adaptation evaluation
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Model of Agricultural Adaptation to Climatic Variation (MAACV) Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
MPPACC (Model of Private Proactive Adaptation to Climate Change) Generic
Stakeholder engagement
Guidance document
Multicriteria Analysis (MCA) Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Economic analysis
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Multistakeholder Processes Generic
Stakeholder engagement
Guidance document
Natural Disaster Mitigation in Drinking Water and Sewerage Systems: Guidelines for Vulnerability Analysis Generic
Methodological frameworks
Stakeholder engagement
Guidance document
Nottingham Declaration Action Pack (NDAP) Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Stakeholder engagement
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
ORYZA 2000 Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
OSWRM (Okanagan Sustainable Water Resources Model) Water resources
Climate scenarios
Socio-economic scenarios
Stakeholder engagement
Modelling tool
PAGE2002 (Policy Analysis for the Greenhouse Effect) Generic
Economic analysis
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Policy ExerciseGeneric
Adaptation planning
Stakeholder engagement
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
PRECIS (Providing Regional Climates for Impacts Studies) Generic
Climate scenarios
Modelling tool
Project Risk Screening Tool by ADBGeneric
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Reef Resilience Toolkit Coastal resources
Stakeholder engagement
Knowledge platform
Modelling tool
Relative Risk Index (RRI) Agriculture
Adaptation evaluation
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Resource Approach to Assessment of Climate Change Impact on Human Activity Generic
Economic analysis
Impact assessment
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
RIBASIM Water resources
Adaptation evaluation
Modelling tool
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
RICEMOD Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Screening of Adaptation Options Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Shoreline Management Planning (SMP) Coastal resources
Methodological frameworks
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
SimCLIM Multiple sectors
Adaptation evaluation
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Methodological frameworks
Sea level scenarios
Socio-economic scenarios
Modelling tool
SmartLineCoastal resources
Vulnerability mapping
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Spatial Tools for River Basins and Environment and Analysis of Management Options (STREAM) Water resources
Impact assessment
Vulnerability mapping
Modelling tool
Stakeholder Networks and InstitutionsGeneric
Stakeholder engagement
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Statistical DownScaling Model (SDSM) Generic
Climate scenarios
Modelling tool
SURVAS Coastal resources
Impact assessment
Vulnerability mapping
Resources (case studies)
TEM (Terrestrial Ecosystem Model) Terrestial ecosystem
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
The Good Practice Guide: Community Awareness and Education in Emergency Management Generic
Methodological frameworks
Stakeholder engagement
Guidance document
The South Pacific Island Methodology (SPIM) Coastal resources
Adaptation evaluation
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Tool for Environmental Assessment and Management (TEAM) Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Methodological frameworks
Modelling tool
Uncertainty and Risk Analysis Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
UNDP Adaptation Policy Framework (APF)Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Methodological frameworks
Stakeholder engagement
Vulnerability mapping
Guidance document
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
UNDP Quality Standards for the Integration of Adaptation to Climate Change into Development ProgrammingGeneric
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Methodological frameworks
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
UNEP Handbook on Methods for Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation StrategiesGeneric
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Methodological frameworks
Sea level scenarios
Guidance document
United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP 02) Climate Change Scenarios Generic
Climate scenarios
Methodological frameworks
Socio-economic scenarios
Resources (data)
United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) Adaptation Wizard Generic
Methodological frameworks
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
United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) Socio-Economic Scenarios Generic
Socio-economic scenarios
Guidance document
Resources (data)
Vulnerability Indices Generic
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Stakeholder engagement
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
Water Evaluation and Planning System (WEAP) Water resources
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
Risk screening and adaptation decision support tool
WaterWare Water resources
Adaptation planning
Impact assessment
Modelling tool
weADAPTGeneric
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Climate scenarios
Impact assessment
Methodological frameworks
Sea level scenarios
Socio-economic scenarios
Knowledge platform
Weather Generators Generic
Climate scenarios
Modelling tool
WHO Guidelines: Methods of Assessing Human Health Vulnerability and Public Health Adaptation to Climate ChangeHuman health
Adaptation evaluation
Adaptation planning
Guidance document
WOFOST Agriculture
Impact assessment
Modelling tool