The Clarity Climate Services Information System – a screening tool for urban areas and infrastructure projects

13:20–14:00 Thursday 30 May


Room S15


Rosmarie De Wit (Netherlands) 1; Denis Havlik (Netherlands) 1; Patrick Kaleta (Netherlands) 1; Patrick Zwickl (Netherlands) 1; Andrea Geyer-Scholz (Netherlands) 1

1 - Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik

CLARITY (EU-Horizon 2020, develops an integrated Climate-Services-Information-System (CSIS), to transfer knowledge about climate change, its risks and implications for urban and traffic infrastructure projects to decision-makers. CSIS is a data-driven screening tool implemented as a web application helping users improve climate change adaptation planning efficiency. It uses data available at the European scale, informing end-users about potential hazards and risks in their study area.

The tool bases on existing guidelines, providing a sound and standardized methodology, so it can be applied globally. The CLARITY workflow follows 7 steps based on the methodology proposed in the EU “Non-paper guidelines for project managers: making vulnerable investments climate resilient” (EU-GL). The methodology was updated to comply with the Fifth Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in order to promote an integrated modelling approach for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. 4 steps comprise the hazard characterization, the exposure evaluation, the vulnerability analysis and the risk and impact assessment; 3 steps relate to the identification, assessment and integration of adaptation options.

The tool provides benefits on several levels:

  • First, if the screening results show that no adaptation is necessary, involvement of additional experts is not required; the screening report provides proof of performing initial climate screening.
  • Second, if the screening results show that some adaptations are necessary, the project-owner rapidly gains initial understanding of the project´s risk profile and possible adaptation options. This knowledge can be shared easily with climate change adaptation experts providing expert services in the next step. Based on the screening results, relevant experts and suggestions for more detailed expert services are presented to the user on the associated marketplace.

In this way, cost and efforts required for adequate adaptation planning are minimized, while also streamlining the communication between project-owners and relevant climate change experts.