Floods from heavy rainfalls and storm surges are in many countries the most important aspect to take into consideration when planning to adapt to a changing climate. The Climatemeter has therefore been developed to provide inspiration for decision-makers in municipalities and other parts of society when decisions about climate change adaptation have to be made. The Climatemeter is shaped like a speedometer where the speed of the speedometer corresponds to the complexity of the type of mapping analysis shown.
The Climatemeter is developed by VandCenter Syd - the water and wastewater company of the Danish municipalities of Solrød and Greve, DHI-group and Krüger and is part of the Climate Cookbook (Klimakogebogen).
Navigating through the speedometer helps to decide what type of mapping analysis is the most suitable in a particular case. The simplest form of analysis in the speedometer is e.g. a simple form of calculation based on a terrain model that reveals the low lying areas in the terrain. For some areas this kind of simple analysis is sufficient while for other areas such as low lying coastal cities a more complex form of analysis is needed. Each type analysis is briefly described in technical terms and a scenario under which the analysis might be relevant is described, therefore helping the reader to orientate between different options and choose applicable one.
The Climatemeter is a part of the Climate Cookbook – a comprehensive guide that elaborates on the methods mentioned in the Climatemeter. Furthermore, the Climate Cookbook gives some examples and recommendations on climate adaptation methods mainly in Danish municipalities, but those that could be useful and comprehended also by other countries in the Baltic Sea Region.