The RESIN Tools

The RESIN project team has developed three practical tools and methods, along with an overarching decision support framework, to aid cities in understanding climate risk, and in designing and implementing climate adaptation strategies for their local contexts:

The RESIN urban adaptation e-Guide

An online platform that supports the entire process of developing and implementing an adaptation plan

Go to the eGuide


The European Climate Risk Typology

An interactive map that helps you
to visualise, describe, compare and analyse climate risk in European cities and regions

More info



IVAVIA: a risk-based impact and vulnerability analysis methodology

to assess climate-related risks and their effects (along with related Impact Chain Editor Plus [ICE+] and IVAVIA Workflow Support tool)

More info




The Adaptation Options Library

A database of all kinds of adaptation measures, covering climate risks including flooding, heat stress and drought (and related prioritisation and adaptation pathway design approaches)

More info


All of the tools, methods and guidance outlined above were developed through knowledge brokerage between researchers and cities, including the partner cities Paris, Bilbao, Bratislava and Greater Manchester.


Adapting to climate change is widely recognised as an iterative, cyclical process. Within the e-Guide decision support framework, the four phases within the cycle are conceived of as follows:

› Assess climate risk

› Develop adaptation approaches

› Prioritise adaptation options

› Develop implementation plan

The e-Guide and the RESIN tools and methods are designed to help practitioners and leaders working in local government to make informed decisions throughout these four phases, and the corresponding steps within them.

For more detailed guidance, see the RESIN User Guide, available in English, Spanish, French and Slovak.


Who are the tools for?

All the RESIN tools, methods and guidance are intended for use by practitioners and decision-makers involved in planning and implementing climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures, including urban planners, risk managers, engineers and operators of critical infrastructure. While the tools generally target the city level of planning and governance, they may be of use to those working at regional, national and European levels too.


How do the RESIN tools support adaptation?


The RESIN urban adaptation e-Guide supports the entire process of developing and implementing an urban climate adaptation plan, as part of an integrated approach. Rather than laying down rules and limitations, it offers information, guidance and insight to help you develop your own unique plan, as well as direction on which of the RESIN tools to use and at what stage in your process.


The European Climate Risk Typology can can support the phases of climate change risk assessment and development of adaptation approaches in European cities and regions, as well as aiding peer-to-peer learning and network development.



As a next step, the IVAVIA risk-based impact and vulnerability analysis methodology comprehensively supports the climate risk assessment phase. It can help you to prepare, gather, and structure data for a risk assessment; to quantify and combine vulnerability indicators; to assess risk; and to present outcomes.




Once climate risks have been identified and spatially located, the Adaptation Options Library5 (and related prioritisation and adaptation pathway design approaches) supports the subsequent phases: to develop adaptation approaches, and to identify and prioritise options.