Land-use characteristics can have a strong influence on certain hazards, as the Urban Heat Island effect demonstrates. It shows that we have room to maneuver and thus the ability to reduce the negative effects of climate change.

The CLARITY Climate Services Information System (CSIS) provides a standardized methodology to support climate resilient planning. This methodology is based on EU-Guidelines, the “Non-paper Guidelines for Project Managers: Making vulnerable investments climate resilient” (EU-GL*1). The Climate Resilience Toolkit as presented in this document was updated to also comply with the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in order to promote an integrated modelling approach of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). 

All elements essential for climate resilient planning are contained here.

The 7 steps of the updated EU-GL methodology are illustrated in the following figure.

EU-GL workflow

Steps 01-04 serve to establish the risk and impact analysis while Steps 05-07 consider the identification, appraisal and integration of adaptation measures. As adaptation measures can affect the hazard itself, the exposure or the vulnerability of elements at risk, their evaluation requires a reanalysis of the first 4 steps.  

The CLARITY Climate Services Information System guides the user through these steps. Based on the user’s requirements, different functionalities and data sources are available through the selection of the study type and data package.  The “Study” option provides several tabs, which can be used to define the team members, select the region and study type, define the area of the study, select the data package and to view the selected settings. [CH1] 

Additional information to support cities or local authorities regarding the development, implementation, and monitoring of climate change adaptation plans, is available here:

*1 Directorate-Gerneral Climate Action, “Non-paper Guidelines for Project Managers: Making vulnerable investments climate resilient,” European Commission, 2011. [Online]. Available: [Accessed November 21, 2017].