The Climate Impact - Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST): A Platform for Integrating Climate Science Information into Everyday Decision Making
CIMPACT-DST (Climate Impact – Decision Support Tool) is a first-of-its-kind integrated platform for climate adaptation planning. Currently in use by staff at the City of Seattle and in Hue, Vietnam, the tool helps local governments, planning agencies, and organizations incorporate key data and information regarding current and future climate change impacts into their planning and operations. The tool works by compiling and synthesizing multiple sources of locally-relevant information—including scientific reports, policies, and spatial information (e.g., GIS, maps)—and filtering it based on simple user inputs. This way, the user sees only information that is germane to the task at hand. Once customized for a jurisdiction or locale, the tool supplies the latest climate change information and best-practice adaptation strategies along with local policies and guidelines to provide consistent, sector-relevant climate impact summaries and adaptation strategy recommendations. Within 10-15 minutes, a user can obtain climate impact exposure and guidance information for their project or asset at varying temporal scales, including summary outputs for each of the primary climate impacts: temperature change, precipitation/streamflow changes, and sea level rise. Consistent use of this tool across departments, sectors, and projects within an organization can raise awareness of key climate change issues, build capacity to identify and assess climate risk, and lead to improvements in system-wide resilience to current and future climate impacts.