The tool adopts a risk management approach and is comprised of three stages:
- risk identification
- evaluating adaptation options
- evaluation and monitoring process
CAT has 2 components:
- the data input and manipulation spreadsheet (available on the Microsoft Excel platform); and
- the guidance document that relates to the spreadsheet (available as a PDF document).
The CAT can be used to identify and prioritize climate risks in any organization at different levels, identify and appraise adaptation options, and audit those that are implemented.