About CLARITY

The CLARITY project is supported by the European Commission under www.clarity-h2020.eu. It aims to build up and service a vivid community interested in climate change adaptation. Besides geo-science experts we invite urban- and spatial planners, architects, engineers, project managers from construction, transport, energy, environment industries as well as people from the financial sector.

Conceptual background for the project is the "5th Assessment Report" (AR5) of the "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" (IPCC) and  a guideline launched by the European Commission in 2011, the "Non-paper Guidelines for Project Managers making vulnerable Investments Climate resilient" - EU-GL in short.

Aim of the guidelines is to help developers of (physical) assets and infrastructure to understand the steps they can take to make investments resilient to climate variability and -change and support decisions for measures. These guidelines shall complement and not replace existing project development processes and tools.

 

THE GUIDELINES CAN BE USED FOR TWO TYPES OF PROJECTS

  • Climate influenced projects - their success may be affected if climate change is ignored, e.g. industrial and residential buildings or transport infrastructure.
  • Climate adaptation projects - their main aim is to reduce vulnerability to climate hazards, e.g. flood management scheme, urban heat island scheme.

EU-GL basically proposes a workflow to assess climate-induced risks and impact on various areas, e.g. the asset itself, health and safety, environment, society, financial aspects. It encourages a holistic approach with potentially multiple disciplines involved.

WITHIN CLARITY THE PROCEDURE MODEL PROPOSED BY THE EU-GL WILL BE DIGITIZED AND OPENED UP FOR BROAD USE IN INFRASTRUCTURE RELATED PROJECTS.

The CLARITY project team hosts relevant roles in the climate service value chain like (urban) end-users, providers of climate intelligence and value-added service providers. Together they co-create applications that are tailored to projects and that will be used at first reference cases.

Outcomes will be an integrated Climate Services Information System (CSIS) and a generic workflow to "industrialize" co-creation on climate services. These outcomes build the groundwork for the "myclimateservice.eu" marketplace.

CLARITY will allow end-users to explore various resilience scenarios for their projects considering

  1. variable local context
  2. climate intelligence provided by experts
  3. for the project customized risk analysis
  4. varying impact scenarios
  5. flexible adaptation and alternative options
  6. integration into action plans

Decision-making related to future events is always encountered to uncertainty; therefor the overall goal is to provide support for developing a roadmap to incorporate resilience to current climate variability and future climate change within infrastructure related projects.