The CCRM adaptation project focuses on supporting nations in identifying the most effective adaptation strategies given the particular climate challenges they face, and on building the institutional capacity to respond. Adaptation is currently a major interest around the world and especially in countries that are both exposed to significant climate change and lack the resources to respond (considered 'vulnerable nations' in the global policy community).

Climate change has two distinctly different time scales on which nations must respond: the slower trends leading to effects such as sea level rise, for which responses can be developed over decades, and the extreme weather phenomena such as heavy precipitation that require more rapid and shorter-term solutions. In both cases, the most effective strategies will be those that involve a deep understanding of how human well-being, including economic prosperity, depends on protection of critical economic sectors and infrastructures.

The framework used in the CCRM to identify such strategies is shown in the figure to the right. The steps of the analysis are described in detail on the Proposal Guidance page.

The CCRM has been engaged in all aspects of such analyses, primarily supporting nations in building the capacity to carry out the scientific, economic and policy analyses. As an example, the CCRM has been working with the consulting firm ECO Ltd in London and with the University of Twente to develop training modules for officials from developing nations who are applying to the Green Climate Fund to obtain finance for adaptation projects. The modules build the institutional capacity of those nations to identify the most effective adaptation projects and prepare successful proposals.

In addition, the CCRM - working through the University of Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigaiton Research - has been part of the ToPDAd (Tool Supported Policy Development for Regional Adaptation) program, an EU project aimed at developing and disseminating the tools needed to analyse strategies of adaptation and the policies that support them. The objective of ToPDAd is "to support businesses and regional governments in assessing different strategies to adapt to the expected short term and long term changes in climate. The ToPDAd methodology supports decision makers in selecting adequate and viable adaptation strategies. The integrated approach, combining sector models and macro-economic models with detailed climate change modelling, allows for detailed regional and localized assessments".

For more detail, visit the ToPDAd site or the CCRM ToPDAd page here.

Can businesses adapt their investment strategies to the risks of climate change? See our Unhedgeable Risk: How Climate Change Sentiment Impacts Investment report, prepared in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Cambridge through the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.