How do I use Climate Compass?
Climate Compass helps you to identify, prioritise and put plans in place to manage risks and opportunities emerging from climate change.
Climate Compass has three levels of assessment starting with a quick, high-level filtering scan through to more detailed adaptation project planning. These levels are outlined below:
Scan – The Scan cycle is a high level scan of climate risks across your organisation to identify areas of risk that will have to be further developed in the Strategy cycle. This cycle can be used if you have not explored climate risks before or would like a broader view of how climate risks may affect your organisation.
Strategy – The Strategy cycle will help you develop strategies for prioritising and managing climate risks within an area of your organisation, usually identified through the Scan cycle. By developing a plan for that area, you may identify specific projects that require climate risks to assessed.
Project – The Project cycle focuses on a specific identified project that requires a climate risk management plan. This plan will allow you to consider specific climate risks and the actions that will be necessary to mitigate or adapt to this risk.
Most users find that running through a scan and a strategy cycle is sufficient to ensure climate risk has been considered rigorously, and addressed where necessary.
Depending on your background in climate risk management and the needs of your organisation, you may choose to enter a more detailed project planning phase, but a scan cycle can always be helpful to ensure you are not missing any risks or opportunities that come from climate change.
Climate Compass Steps
All three cycles will run through the same basic steps, however, at different levels of detail. By having the same steps in each cycle, decisions that are made in one cycle can be easily mapped to the decisions made in other cycles. For example, decisions made within each step of the Scan cycle will be recorded and provided to those working on risk management within the Strategy cycle so that they can understand the reasoning for the decision.
An explanation of the steps are found below:
It is important to remember that the guide will help you through each step of the process by providing a more detailed explanation of what you and your team will be doing in each step.
And if you need more help, CSIRO has trained staff to help your organisation through the process.
Download the full guide
Climate Compass – A climate risk management framework for Commonwealth agencies
Climate Compass: A climate risk management framework for Commonwealth agencies has been used by a number of Commonwealth departments to date, including the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.