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weADAPT: Everything you need to know

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  1. weADAPT: Everything you need to know

  2. Contributors to weADAPT SEI Oxford, Asia and California Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) at University of Cape Town Global Change System for Analysis Research and Training (START) Obsérvatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) ENDA Tiers-Monde

  3. The weADAPT concept • is NOT ‘a tool’. Rather, imagine a type of menu: • There is a mix of ‘raw ingredients’ for adaptation (different approaches, principles, specific tools, data and organizations). • There is guidance on how the different ingredients might go together and what dishes you might make with them (the process of adaptation). • Flexible: use the bits you want and leave the bits you don’t. • How you combine the ingredients is up to you, it depends on what you need (we are not trying to push a 1-size fits all solution)

  4. An overview of the weADAPT elements. • In a nutshell: • Vulnerability and Climate Science • Decision-making • Knowledge creation and sharing. • Training • Network

  5. Vulnerability and Climate Science • Vulnerability mapping and historical climate data. • Climate Change Explorer: downscaled (station level) climate projections from a range of models for Africa and Asia. • Guidance on communicating risk and uncertainty in wikiADAPT • Expertise on vulnerability science (SEI) and climate science (CSAG)

  6. Climate Change Explorer • Climate Change Explorer: • Stations in Africa and Asia • Explore downscaled projections from 10 models. • Different visualizations as well as tabular format.

  7. Central Plain and Chao Phraya River Basin Change in future precipitation – monthly average – 2045-65 – conclusion from 8 GCMs

  8. Decision-Making • KNETs: Knowledege elicitation tool. Building decision trees from qualitative data. Linking qualitative and quantitative. • Social Network Analysis • Adaptation Decision Explorer: Multiple approaches to decision-making including multi-criteria analysis, agent-based modeling, cost-benefit analysis and robust decision making

  9. Knowledge Creation and Sharing • wikiADAPT as a place for users to share experience, collaborate and create their own working space. • Adaptation Layers for Google Earth: Video, tours, model data, organisations • Collaboratively create knowledge (e.g. frontline knowledge explorer).

  10. Training • Collaboration with a range of partners to deliver training workshops on adaptation (e.g. on climate analysis for adaptation with CSAG, IIED on Community-based adaptation) • Plans for online delivery of training curricula on adaptation being developed under the banner ‘weLEARN’. • Development of a certified programme to build professional capacity on adaptation. • Facilitation and design of workshops.

  11. Future Developments • Building a stronger community of practice around weADAPT. • Meeting the needs of users: ways to make the experience more user-oriented, such as personalised spaces (e.g. Oxfam) • Training: Curricula development and professional certification in adaptation. • Focus on adaptation decisions, knowledge networks • Redesign

  12. ‘New weADAPT’ • Less branding: idea is to build a system that people can take on as part of their work and feel ownership over. Institutional entry points and flexibility. • Make it easy to connect to people doing interesting work where they are. • Semantic search, GE layers, placemarks, tools, community. • Aim is: Useful applications of integrated knowledge to support decision-making from local to national and regional scales

  13. Regional platform for Asia Project page Information sharing Network strengthening Get the benefit of other information added not only through project.

  14. Relevant Information • Easier to find what you’re looking for: - Google Earth one aspect, but integrated with database, tools, project pages • Semantic searching to increase relevance. • People, tools, reports, information, data (CSAG data portal) • wiki remains for less formal collaboration and information. • Tours

  15. Making it work for you • We’ve learned a lot over 2 years, and feel like we can really push on. • We’re in design phase, so a big question is: • How can this be useful for you? • What are you looking for in your work?

  16. Contact • Websites: and • Email:, • Talk to us: We’re only in Oxford. . . • Face to face: Where possible!