Climate Adaptation Services for the Netherlands: an operational approach to support spatial adaptation planning

Climate services often not connect to the needs of the end-users, such as policy makers and spatial planners. In order to reach this community, climate adaptation services are needed, that translate more rudimentary climate data such as precipitation into indicators that are relevant at the local level, where much of the climate adaptation takes place. An example is assessing the yearly risk posed by damage as a result of droughts for a certain neighborhood, which is more useful than primary information such as ‘summer precipitation will decrease 2%-12% by 2050’. The authors developed a climate adaptation atlas and climate ateliers as tools within the climate adaptation services approach.