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Models for a more effective response to climate change

Posted August 6, 2013

There is now widespread acceptance that the climate is changing due to human-related greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change will affect all sectors of society and the environment at the local, national and global scales.

Consequently, decision-makers, planners, the private sector and citizens need, more than ever, to be able to access reliable science-based information to help them respond to the risks of climate change.

The overall aim of the EU-funded CLIMSAVE project, (‘Climate change integrated assessment methodology for cross-sectoral adaptation and vulnerability in Europe’), is to help in the assessment of the impact of climate change over a range of environmental and economic areas in different regions.

Led by the Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford, the project is putting science in the service of stakeholders and policy-makers. Specifically, CLIMSAVE is:

  • analysing policy and governance responses;
  • identifying vulnerable hotspots;
  • analysing the cost effectiveness of different adaptation measures;
  • investigating uncertainty to help in the assessment of policy options;
  • integrating stakeholder input through participatory scenarios.

The project is making its findings accessible and useful to the widest possible audience through a user-friendly, interactive web-based platform.

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