The aim of the Adaptation Support Tool is to assist users in developing climate change adaptation policies by providing guidance, links to relevant sources and dedicated tools.
The European Commission's EU strategy on adaptation to climate change includes a Staff Working Document that provides guidelines on developing adaptation strategies. For developers of physical assets and infrastructure specific guidelines are available on how to incorporate resilience to current climate variability and future climate change within their projects.
The tool is based on the policy cycle, which highlights that climate change adaptation is an iterative process that will help ensuring decisions are based on up-to-date data and knowledge. This iterative process will be supported by monitoring and timely assessment of measures. In its design the Adaptation Support Tool borrows from the UKCIP Adaptation Wizard and various risk assessment frameworks.