Baltic Climate Toolkit


General Information:

Author: Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL), Environmental Projects Ltd., Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research (CSPR), Regional Council of Central Finland, Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre (SEIT)

Year of publication: 2014

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Climate change adaptation assessment

Format of assessment: Web tool

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: 2 years

To be carried out by whom: Multiple actors

Details: Policy makers, spatial planners and business people

Institutional scale of use: Multiple (see details)

Details: Regional and local/community

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Multiple actors

Details: Regional and local decision makers

Output: Report


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Europe

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Europe

Potential geographic coverage: Baltic Sea Region

Sectors covered: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Infrastructure, Forestry, Commercial sector, Health Sector, Water sector, Energy sector

Method used: Mixed method approach

Description of methodology: Quantitative inventory phase including data collection on climate change, planning instruments, spatial structure, etc. and qualitative vulnerability assessment phase including questionnaires

Risk framework used: AR4

Details: Toolkit is mainly focused on vulnerability

Risk components incorporated: Exposure, vulnerability

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Extreme rainfall, Flood, Coastal erosion, Sea level rise, Landslide, Wildfire, Storm

Source of required data: Secondary (available data is used)

Details: Local statistical data (socio-economic, energy, transport, housing/building, agriculture, generic sector) and climate change related data (greenhouse gas emissions, future climate)

Temporal scale: Current, Forward looking

Participatory elements: Yes

Details: Workshops with experts and decision makers

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Partly

Adressing uncertainty: Partly

Details: It does not thematize uncertainty, but acknowledges that it exists

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts, identification of adaptation options

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Both

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): Yes


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Yes

Details: The BalticClimate Tool was originally intended to guide climate adaptation decisions, but has now been extended to also include mitigation activities

Usefulness for political purposes: The BalticClimate toolkit is an empowering knowledge transfer instrument for actors on the local and regional level who are not necessarily the experts on climate change but who have an important role to play in the preparation, financing and decision making related to the implementation of climate change measures

Applied by whom: BalticClimate

Open access: Yes