Adaptation Support Tool

A wide variety of adaptation measures is available to make urban areas more resilient to extreme weather conditions. But how to choose the most effective ones?

  • Topic

    Climate adaptation

  • Location


  • Client

    Climate KIC – Blue Green Dream

In order to prevent or reduce damage and nuisance, measures can be taken to strengthen the drainage and flood protection system, to change the land level and/or soil properties, to adapt infrastructure and buildings and to improve the people’s preparedness. Over 200 structural and non-structural adaptation measures were identified. These measures can be implemented in new urban areas, and many can also be retrofitted in existing urban areas. It is however hard to select an appropriate and effective set of adaptation measures for a specific site.

Project brochure Adaptation Support Tool

Blue-green adaptation measures are often preferred over grey interventions because of their multifunctionality and the ecosystem services they provide. Their applicability and effectiveness however depends on the local conditions. A package of measures is often requires to avoid or reduce damage from flooding (pluvial, fluvial, coastal and/or groundwater flooding), from drought and related land subsidence and from heat stress.

An Adaptation Support Tool (AST) was developed to assist urban designers and stakeholders in selecting an excellent package of adaptation measures that performs as required. This tool assists the users in selecting measures and checking their performance on water-, drought and heat resilience.

For more information see the Project brochure Adaptation Support Tool