Adaptation Options Library

The RESIN Adaptation Options Library draws together hundreds of relevant papers and study cases related to climate change adaptation measures.

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Here, we set out the background to the library and how it may be useful to you in your work on climate change adaptation. Please read this if it is your first time using the library. In total, the library draws together almost 300 papers and more than 700 scenario cases (as of 2017). The library synthesizes the scientific literature related to the performance of adaptation measures. The library covers adaptation measures relating to heat, pluvial, fluvial and coastal floods and drought. The Library will be ready soon. 

Who is the library aimed at?

The library will allow practitioners to develop a preliminary portfolio of feasible adaptation measures for each city. This of course could be applied at smaller spatial scales – e.g. neighbourhood scale. This portfolio should subsequently be fine-tuned by means of the prioritisation tools provided by e.g. the following RESIN tasks. The library will provide part of the information for the prioritisation and pathway design: e.g. effectiveness, cost-efficiency of the measures. This information should be completed with additional context-specific information for the prioritisation: e.g. feasibility, acceptability, alignment with other policy etc. For the pathway design, the most valuable performance criteria are the effectiveness and the cost-efficiency.

Therefore, the library will allow you to understand different types of adaptation measures, extract part of the information for prioritise them and propose a sequence of measures over the time that can achieve defined objectives (e.g. reduce the air temperature in 1° C).

The library is not an exhaustive list of adaptation measures. For example, not all hazards are covered, not all measures have effectiveness and cost-efficiency data (depends on the existing literature) but it provides part of the information to support decision-making.

How to use the library

The database screen is divided into i) an information screen where the selected data is shown and ii) different tabs to select or organize the desired type of information (See Figure).

There are two different tabs to select the amount and type of information from:

  • Level of information: There are two “levels” of information to choose from:

    • MEASURES give an overview of the chosen type of information
    • STUDY CASES give detailed information related to the study type (e.g. assessment conditions, location of the study, etc.)

  • Type of information: This tab organizes the information in 6 thematic sections related general, cost, heat, flood, vulnerability and organization data. The users can select one of the thematic sections. In each section different type of information is presented as seen below.

On the other hand, there are three functions to filter or search specific information:

  • Filters: The information can be filtered by hazard type, scale of implementation of the measure, climatic region where the measure was implemented, type of measure by the IPCC’s classification of adaptation options, group of measures, target of the measure and sector to which the measure is applicable.
  • Keyword search function: looks for matching documents that contain one or more words specified by the user e.g. waterway
  • Favourites selection: Measures or group of measures can be marked (through the stars) as favourites and then show solely the favourites by selecting this feature

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