Climate Atlas Bangladesh
The partners in the foundation CAS have developed a participatory platform for adaptation planning, of which the climate atlas/touch-table is a key component . The CAS platform provides an integrated perspective on climate change by putting together the dispersed information on different climate change impacts, e.g. flood modelling, salinity, urban heat island effect, crop drought sensitivity and sensitivity of nature types to droughts.
The different aspects of climate change are integrated and visualized using the touch-table. The touch table is a computer devise with a touch-sensitive screen, which is in table format, in which layers of maps can be included and analyzed with functionalities to overlay various maps, and the possibility to add information in an interactive way, e.g. during the discussion of stakeholders on the maps. This touch-table is then applied in workshops with local stakeholders to discuss the information and to harvest local knowledge about impacts and vulnerabilities.
The climate adaptation atlas and touch-table can provide a valuable one-stop-shop
The climate adaptation atlas and touch-table can provide a valuable one-stop-shop for planners and water managers . The touch-table contains maps on impacts and vulnerability and helps users to identify key adaptation challenges in their areas of interest. It addresses policy makers and highlights areas where proposed investment policies may face future damage or opportunities due to climate change (add reference or mention example). The maps are used in several interactive and multidisciplinary workshops between scientist, policy makers and spatial planners. Together the participants can design adaptation options based on the local impacts of climate change political support for action.