CLIMSAVE is a 3.5 years research EU FP7 project, which will develop and apply an integrated methodology for stakeholder-led, climate change impact and vulnerability assessment that explicitly evaluates regional (sub-national) and continental scale adaptation options, and cross-sectoral interactions between the key sectors driving landscape change in Europe (agriculture, forests, biodiversity, coasts / floodplains, water resources, urban development and transport). Existing sectoral impact models will be linked within a common assessment platform that is user-friendly, interactive and web-based. Stakeholder needs will be taken into account in the design of the platform through a series of professionally facilitated workshops to ensure an appropriate level of complexity, functionality and usability. The integrated assessment platform will use metrics of impacts and adaptive capacity across sectors to identify hotspots of climate change vulnerability. The attributes and cost-effectiveness of adaptation strategies for reducing these vulnerabilities will be evaluated, including assessment of cross-sectoral benefits and conflicts. Methods for reducing uncertainties and increasing the transparency of model and scenario assumptions will be implemented within the integrated assessment platform to inform the development of robust policy responses.
A series of professionally facilitated workshops will identify stakeholder needs and test an innovative methodology for participatory scenario development specifically geared towards interactive climate change impact and adaptation assessment. Two sets of three workshops at two levels (European and regional) will ensure that the CLIMSAVE methodologies work at different scales and provide for continuity of engagement and mutual learning.
The overall aim of the project is to deliver a comprehensive and integrated methodology to assess cross-sectoral climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. This will be achieved through the following seven specific objectives:
Eighteen partners are involved in CLIMSAVE: