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What Do Users Expect from Climate Adaptation Services? Developing an Information Platform Based on User Surveys

We present the preparatory research for the German Climate Preparedness Portal (KLiVO—www.klivoportal.de)—a meta-portal of climate adaptation and climate information services initiated by the German Government. Our work focuses on user needs and expectations. To analyze user needs we conducted two online surveys with a total of 972 participants and 55 qualitative interviews. The overarching research questions for our analysis were: What kind of adaptation services do users need? What are current deficits in addressing user needs? How can authoritative climate adaptation services be selected and presented on the KLiVO Portal?

Even though 82 per cent of the respondents deal with climate adaptation in their work, only a third were aware of the adaptation services presented and only one in ten had actually used them. Respondents reported that the services are difficult to find, not sufficiently specific, and of indeterminate quality. Demand, however, is high: half of the respondents reported a need for such adaptation services for assessing risks and for planning, assessing, and implementing adaptation measures. We used the results of our research to develop the KLiVO Portal and draw conclusions for climate adaptation services and meta-platforms in general: The landscape of climate adaptation services needs to be restructured; quality assurance would ensure reliability; communication between users and providers must be improved and must continue when services are on the market. For the KliVO Portal a user-provider network was initiated to ensure continuous user involvement. We suggest further research on continuous user integration and an evaluation of climate adaptation services regarding their effectiveness.

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