The European Commission FP7 funded MEDIATION project (Methodology for Effective Decision-making on Impacts and AdaptaTION) is looking at adaptation decision support tools, in line with its objectives to advance the analysis of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and to promote knowledge sharing through the MEDIATION Adaptation Platform (

To complement the information on the Platform, a series of Technical Policy Briefing Notes have been produced on Decision Support Methods for Climate Change Adaptation. This Policy Briefing Note (Note 8) provides a description of Social Network Analysis. It then places SNA in the context of adaptation and identifies strengths and weaknesses. Two case studies from MEDIATION highlight issues in applying the tool to real decision processes. More detailed information is available in MEDIATION deliverables, and sources and links on the MEDIATION Adaptation Platform.

Download the Briefing Note (PDF: 629kb)