Adaptation Toolbox Diagram Step 1: Getting Started Step 2: How resilient am I to climate? Step 3: How will Climate Change affect me? Step 4: What should I do? Step 5: Keeping it real Resources Glossary


What is the Toolbox?

The Climate Change Adaptation Toolbox has been designed to help you find out about a changing climate, what it might mean for your business and what you can do. The Toolbox uses a five step risk-based process, providing information and resources to work through the process.

Temperatures, rainfall levels and sea levels are all expected to change in the future, making it necessary to adapt to new conditions. At it’s simplest; adaptation is about managing the changing climate risk to a level acceptable to you.

Increased temperatures, longer growing seasons and decreased frost risk can offer benefits. However, for many areas droughts, increased flood risks, greater frequency and intensity of storms must also be managed.

Planting outside high frost risk times, using drought tolerant species or reducing damages by locating infrastructure away from high flood risk areas are all examples of managing climate risk.

Planning now can help get the most out of the benefits and minimise the costs, as well as improve resilience to climate variability such as El Nino. For some businesses, a number of actions may be needed to manage the changing climate risk but for others it will be quite straightforward, requiring few changes.

The Adaptation Toolbox has a 5-step process to help you assess your resilience to the current climate, understand impacts of future change and find ways to act. Reponses to climate change can be integrated within current management and operations or a specific response can be developed.

Begin at Getting Started. Work through the steps and record your answers and the information you find through the process.

Use the taskpad to see what is required in each step.

Use the checklists to make sure you have completed each step.

Useful resources for each step are listed in the right hand side of the screen.

The toolbox provides general information but not specific information for your business or local area. Any information, or reports, that identify your climate or environment will help. Site maps, aerials, farm journals, business plans, continuity plans and emergency management plans may provide that more specific information. Industry groups and local councils may have already undertaken work in climate change. Check on the internet to see if any information is available.

The time you need depends on what you use the Toolbox for and whether you work on your own or with others. Employees, managers, and family may help with ready answers to the questions in each step and make the process quicker. Have a quick look through before you start to see what is involved and how long it might take. Find a list of tasks by using the taskpad.

How do I use the Toolbox?

First, decide what you want to use the toolbox for. Consider any large investments, or decisions that have long time horizons, as these are important to assessing your risk. There are five steps, with resources, questions, tasks and checklists. There is also a glossary to help you.

You can use the Toolbox to:

  • Learn about climate change and adaptation.
    Work through each step, looking at the resources in each step. You do not need to complete all the tasks and exercises but they might help you better understand climate change and adaptation.
  • Access information, tools and resources provided.
    Work through each step to find information and resources, without completing the tasks or exercises.
  • Assess your resilience to climate change.
    Complete all the tasks and exercises to Step 3, recording your answers. Use the checklists to make sure you have completed each step before moving to the next step. If you want to find ways to adapt then continue to Steps 4 and 5.
  • Find ways to adapt to climate change.
    Work through all five steps in the Toolbox, using the resources, completing the tasks, exercises and checklists. Record your answers to the questions and the actions taken so that you can remember, and others can follow, what you have done.


The climate change adaptation toolbox has drawn extensively on the climate change adaptation wizard developed by the UK Climate Impacts programme.


Last Updated: 03 December 2010

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