EGU22-9459, updated on 04 Jul 2024
EGU General Assembly 2022
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Conceptualizing feedbacks between climate services and adaptation actions across various European contexts.

Riccardo Biella1,2, Giuliano Di Baldassarre1,2, Luigia Brandimarte3, and Maurizio Mazzoleni4
Riccardo Biella et al.
  • 1Department of Earth Sciences (LUVAL), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2Center for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS), Uppsala, Sweden
  • 3School of Architecture and the built environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 4Faculty of Science, Water and Climate Risk, VUA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The success of climate adaptation actions relies on the availability and quality of information, especially in climate-sensitive sectors such as tourism, agriculture, and river management. Over the years, researchers have highlighted how climate services providing such key information should focus on end-user needs to bridge the usefulness-usability gap. Thus, overcoming this dichotomy will enable the effective use of climate services in adaptation initiatives, especially at the local scale. In this study, we present the basis for a conceptual framework identifying the balancing and reinforcing feedbacks in a coupled human-climate system, with a focus on hydrological risks, i.e. floods and droughts. The analysis is based on system dynamics conceptualization and builds upon data from various living labs (i.e. case studies) across Europe. The framework is presented as a causal-loop diagram and emerging behaviors of the system are described using system archetypes. The proposed framework highlights the importance of understanding feedbacks between climate information and adaptation options when designing user-centered climate services. Moreover, it sheds a light on usefulness of system dynamics as a tool for informing the planning of effective adaptation actions while building resilience.


How to cite: Biella, R., Di Baldassarre, G., Brandimarte, L., and Mazzoleni, M.: Conceptualizing feedbacks between climate services and adaptation actions across various European contexts., EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-9459,, 2022.


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