Step 2: Assessing Conditions and Trends

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 25th Mar 2011 | last updated 13th Jan 2020

Guiding question: What are the major climate variables of concern currently? How do there vary spatially?

In a national study, highlighting the location of specific hotspots in the country where climate-related hazards are experienced or likely to be felt is a key step in identifying intervention areas. The initial screening process begins with identification of the main climate issues in the country or region of interest.


If the aim is to provide spatial context using a Geographical Information System.

  • Import databases into GIS software.
  • Identify project sites and similar regions. Identify locations and spatial extent of major climate hazards. Locate vulnerable groups. See the Guidance Document: Technical_Support_to_Facilitate_Step_2_of_the_NAPA_Process.pdf
  • Assess current concerns in historical climate context
  • Identify hotspots where higher-resolution work should be conducted

Data Sources

Data sources for assessing conditions and trends

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