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Addressing knowledge gaps

The European climate adaptation platform Climate-ADAPT aims to support Europe in adapting to climate change. It is an initiative of the European Commission in collaboration with the European Environment Agency (EEA) helping users to access and share information on:

  • Expected climate change in Europe
  • Current and future vulnerability of regions and sectors
  • National and transnational adaptation strategies
  • Adaptation case studies and potential adaptation options
  • Tools that support adaptation planning

With more than 1 000 daily visits, Climate-ADAPT has been widely welcomed by Member States and stakeholders, and most countries have involved themselves in its development by providing information on national action. It has already become a reference for adaptation knowledge platforms, both within the EU and abroad; several neighbouring regions and countries have shown interest in mirroring the structure or even associating themselves with the platform.

Research and development on climate change adaptation has been financed through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and will in the future be funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020[1]. The Joint Research Centre's (JRC) Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) based in Seville and the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in Ispra,continue to provide research knowledge on climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. Among the most relevant studies are the studies integrated into the 'Projection of economic impacts of climate change in sectors of the European Union based on bottom-up analyses' (PESETA) project.