Step-by-step guide: Using climate information to support adaptation planning and policy-making

Submitted by Edward Beddows | published 18th Dec 2020 | last updated 24th Feb 2023

Climate Adaptation Training Annotation

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment: 1 hour
  • Learning product: Guidance
  • Sector: agriculture, horticulture, peri-urban, coastal, multi-sector
  • Location: Africa
  • Language: English
  • Certificate available: No

This article is adapted for the training theme. Please see the article in the Using Climate Information theme for more information.

How to use climate information to support adaptation planning and policy-making. (Video by Josh Ettinger).


This article describes how weADAPT can be used together with the Climate Information Portal (CIP) to quickly and easily access climate data for many locations across Africa, using an interactive map. (This functionality may be expanded to other regions, based on demand.) By linking the two portals, we have enabled users to see the climate data context as you read about a project, or to find data to support your own research, project planning or policy design in a specific place or area.

Who would find it useful?

The guidance is designed for use by technical staff working in government agencies and non-governmental organisations, as well as researchers and consultants involved in planning and policy processes, particularly at sub-national levels.

Using the guidance requires a basic to moderate level of knowledge on climate dynamics, the interactions between environmental, social and economic systems, as well as statistics. If you need more training on these topics, we recommend the annual short-course run by the Climate Systems Analysis Group, referred to as the Winter School.

Institutional background and trainer

weADAPT is an adaptation knowledge platform developed by the Stockholm Environment Institute.

The Climate Information Portal (CIP) was developed by the Climate System Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town.

Training material

Step 1 - Define the question

Step 2 - View climate stations on weADAPT

Step 3 - View historical climate data on CIP

Step 4 - View future climate projections

Step 5 - Look at data for other nearby stations

Step 6 - Ask, ‘so what?’

Step 7 - Find other places facing similar issues

Step 8 - Add your story to weADAPT

Case studies available: 

Two case studies have been conducted using this methodology so far:

Go to Philippi Case Study

 Go to Bagamoyo Case Study