Adaptation knowledge platforms – approaches for presenting complex information

As adaptation policy in Europe is progressing, it is increasingly important that stakeholders including decision makers, practitioners and the general public have access to relevant and high quality information. This information is being used to support the development and implementation of adaptation strategies and plans at European, transnational, national and local level. There are national adaptation platforms in place in 14 European countries and 3 at transnational level. At European level, the European Climate Change Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT) is managed by the European Environment Agency in collaboration with the European Commission. Adaptation platforms are knowledge portals with complex and cross-topic information, reaching from structured information about policy processes, results of research on climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation, inspiring case studies, adaptation support tools, and often also searchable databases.

We expect that conference participants having a background on environmental information to have a keen interest to see which approaches Climate-ADAPT is  using to present the complex and cross-topic knowledge on adaptation also covering national and transnational level adaptation information.

We have in the 2015 Enviroinfo/ICT conference successfully introduced Climate-ADAPT as an adaptation platform coming from the climate change community to the environmental information related community ( We would like to continue capturing the valuable feedback we have received and to extend this fruitful exchange analyzing specific exploration pathways of Climate-ADAPT (sector approach, national level, transnational level including the research perspective) . Our first objective is to inform via the plenary presentations and the interactive online discussion about our new developments and to get feedback from the environmental information experts. Our objective is to receive expert feedback on the utility of the platforms, suggestions for improving its functionality and accessibility as well as to learn from existing experiences in evaluating knowledge platforms. Our second objective is to attract new users from environmental sectors and possible providers of new information from the research community.

To achieve these objectives we will

  • actively present the platform and the information it contains within the plenary presentations and the interactive sessions
  • support participants in exploring the functionalities of the platform in the interactive sessions
  • seek their feedback on the functionalities and utilities of the platform as well as to the evaluation framework.

The interactive sessions will be carried out via group discussions around 3 tables using computers to present online the functionalities of the adaptation platforms. Each participant will have the opportunity to contribute to two group discussions.

Results of the session discussions will be collected and summarized in a report.


Depending on your aims considering the publication of your work, we invite you to send us your abstracts or full papers according to the Contributions and Dates information page.


Kati Mattern

Special Tracks
Location: Building G Room 123 Date: Wed, Sep 14, 2016 Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Kati Mattern Emiliano Ramieri Ana Ferrada Gomes Valdur Lathvee