Guidelines for Climate Impact and Vulnerability Assessments


General Information:

Author: Umweltbundesamt

Year of publication: 2017

Available languages: English, German

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Vulnerability assessment

Details: Climate impact and vulnerability assessments

Format of assessment: Guideline

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Multiple actors

Details: Scientists/researchers, Government representatives, Consultants (climate experts)

Institutional scale of use: Multiple (see details)

Details: National and regional level

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Multiple actors

Details: National and regional level funding agencies, research institutes and advisory bodies

Output: Report

Details: The presentation of results should be oriented at the target group


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Europe

Developed by which sector: State-run

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Europe

Potential geographic coverage: Germany, could be adapted to other contexts

Sectors covered: Not sector specific

Method used: Mixed method approach

Description of methodology: The guideline includes 3 working steps: Plan and prepare the assessment (involving experts, specifying the methodological framework and scenarios for climate stimuli, spatial exposure and sensitivity); Step-by-step execution of the assessment (developing impact chains, operationalising and evaluating the climate impacts, evaluating adaptive capacity and vulnerability); Communicating and using the results

Risk framework used: AR4

Risk components incorporated: Vulnerability, sensitivity, exposure, adaptive capacity

Details: Climate stimuli, climate impact

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: All hazards

Source of required data: Primary and secondary

Details: Varying depending on the context and extent the risk assessment is to be carried out with

Temporal scale: All

Participatory elements: Yes

Details: Use of quantitative (potential flooding areas as an indicator for the climate impact flooding), but also semi-quantitative or qualitative (estimation of energy availability) is recommended

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Yes

Details: Impact chains for understanding drivers of direct and indirect impacts and risks are applied

Adressing uncertainty: Yes

Details: Existing uncertainties can be taken into account by using at least two sensitivity and spatial scenarios

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts, identification of adaptation options, priorization of adaptation options, identification of limits to adaptation

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: No

Details: Analyses currently implemented adaptive capacity and their effects

Usefulness for political purposes: It seeks to support evidence-based climate impact and vulnerability assessments in order to facilitate decision making

Applied by whom: Umweltbundesamt

Open access: Yes