Climate Resilient City Tool (CRCTool)

The Climate Resilient City Tool (CRCTool) aims to support collaborative climate adaptation planning and to promote multi-disciplinary dialogue on adaptation options to increase urban climate resilience. The tool contains a database of over 50 adaptation measures including descriptions, pictures of best practices and references for further reading.
The CRCTool is easy to use by both experts and non-experts in the field of urban planning and adaptation and can be used in a workshop setting with multiple stakeholders as well as behind a desk.
Tools functionalities allow the users to locate the measures on a map and explore and compare adaptation options for a project area. It provides information on the effectiveness of measures to reduce storm water flooding, urban heat stress and drought. Additional information on construction and maintenance costs is also available. The CRCTool encourages the use of Nature Based Solutions; traditional grey measures are included to enable comparison.

Benefits of using the tool

  • Create conceptual designs to increase the climate resilience of a certain area that meet defined adaptation targets and are spatially explicit.
  • Support development of local climate adaptation plans and strategies and urban master plans by allowing exploration and testing the feasibility of the plans and strategies based on concrete adaptation measures .
  • Explore and compare potential adaptation options for an area .
  • The tool is user friendly and can be used by both experts and non-experts

City Hub experiences

  • In Gdynia the CRCTool is being customized to support multiple potential climate adaptation projects in the city. In the planned workshop climate adaptation will be centered around social vulnerability.
  • In Lillestrøm the CRCTool has being set up for specific redevelopment locations to support the dialogue between the city and project developers on how to redevelop areas and contribute to the climate resilience of the city.
  • In Athens the CRCTool will be configured to support the planning of Urban NBS for climate resilience for a large re-development project.

Triple-A phases and complexity

The CRC Tool is used in the Action phase. The CRC Tool supports the identification, evaluation, and prioritization of adaptation measures. 

Overall level of complexity: Level 2 (customized approach)