The aim of HazardSupport is to develop a new method for decision-makers and climate experts to tailor information about the impacts of climate change on natural hazards for adaptation decisions in the Swedish context. The project has three overarching goals:

  1. To produce guidelines for climate adaptation studies focusing on how stakeholders can obtain the tailored scientific data necessary for adaptation decisions and take into account constantly updating and changing climate projection information in their adaptation plans;
  2. To produce best scientific practice guidelines for climate experts who carry out tailored climate impact studies for stakeholders; and
  3. To establish a science-stakeholder arena for collaboration and mutual learning on climate adaptation and natural hazards.

The project focuses on three different natural hazards in three case studies: urban/riverine/lake flooding in Karlstad, heat waves in Stockholm, and storm surge induced coastal flooding on the Swedish west coast.

By employing participatory methods and identifying user needs and decision-making contexts, the project will help climate scientists in developing more usable and actionable climate information for adaptation in the face of natural hazards. The project will also seek to understand drivers and barriers for using climate information and how existing decision-making processes can be supported.

The project is a collaboration between the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) and (SEI) and runs between Sep 2015 and Aug 2020. The project is funded by Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).