The CLIMSAVE Integrated Assessment Platform is an interactive exploratory web-based tool that enables a wide range of professional, academic and governmental stakeholders to improve their understanding of impacts, adaptation responses and vulnerability under uncertain futures. The tool provides sectorial and cross-sectorial insights to inform of the complex issues surrounding adaptation to climate change.
The power of the tool is mainly its holistic framework (cross-sectorial, climate and socioeconomic change). It complements the use of more detailed tools. As such, the Integrated Assessment (IA) Platform is intended to assist stakeholders in developing their capacity to address regional/national/EU scale issues surrounding climate change. The Platform is also expected to be a valuable teaching tool which contributes to a better adapted Europe through assisting the intellectual development of future decision-makers.
The IA Platform is based on a web Client/Server architecture that uses both server-based and client-based computing solutions on the web. The models and the underlying physical (soils, land use, etc.) and scenario (climate and socio-economic) datasets use server-based web technologies, as this avoids the need for input data to be transferred to the user’s PC, thereby accelerating the access.
The CLIMSAVE IA Platform is designed to facilitate a two-way iterative process of dialogue and exploration of ‘what if’ questions. The interface is intuitive and enables an interested individual to use the Platform with minimal recourse to help files and without the need for training.
The Platform includes four screens: impacts, vulnerability, adaptation and cost-effectiveness. The outputs produced by the platform consist of sector-based impact indicators covering agriculture, forests, biodiversity, coasts, water resources and urban development and ecosystem services in order to link climate change impacts directly to human well-being.
Combining qualitative and quantitative understanding for exploring cross-sectoral climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability in Europe. Paula A. Harrison, Ian P. Holman, George Cojocaru, Kasper Kok, Areti Kontogianni, Marc J. Metzger & Marc Gramberger