German Climate Preparedness Portal

General questions on the Climate Preparedness Portal "KLiVO"

What is the German Preparedness Portal "KLiVO"?

The German Climate Preparedness Portal brings together data and information on climate change and climate change adaptation services which can support you in dealing with the effects of climate change. Currently on the KLiVO portal, you will find services offering guidance in taking precautions against the effects of climate change offered by the authorities of the federal government and the federal states. All services are regularly examined to ensure that they are in line with the latest findings; they have a sound scientific basis and can be used free of charge.

What goals is the Climate Preparedness Portal pursuing?

The KLiVO portal supports the federal government, the federal states, the district and municipal authorities and associations, as well as members of the public, in adapting to the unavoidable consequences of climate change, by providing helpful services offering guidance in taking precautions against the effects of climate change which are precisely tailored to the relevant target groups and provided free of charge.

Who is the Climate Preparedness Portal aimed at?

The KLiVO portal is aimed at people who are dealing with the consequences of climate change at national, federal state, district or municipal level, and who want to get prepared for these consequences, e.g. by undertaking programmes of measures or by adopting an adaptation strategy. Furthermore, many of the services are suitable for use by members of civil society, businesses and ordinary members of the public.

Which institutions are behind the Climate Preparedness Portal?

The Climate Preparedness Portal stems from the first progress report of the German Strategy of Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS) which was published in 2015 and it forms a part of the implementation of the DAS. The DAS was conceived following a resolution of the federal government in 2008. The connection to the DAS comes via the federal government's Inter-ministerial Working Group for Adaptation to Climate Change. The group is presided over by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). With the administration office of the German Climate Services (DKD), the German Meteorological Service (DWD) forms the central point of contact for climate data and information. With their administration office KlimAdapt, the Competence Centre for the Consequences of Climate Change and Adaptation (KomPass) at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) provides a full range of services on the theme of climate change adaptation. Together the DKD and KlimAdapt form the full provision of the federal government for climate change-related services and services to support adaptation to the effects of climate change.

Questions on content, range and quality of the Climate Services

What material is provided on the Climate Preparedness Portal?

The Climate Preparedness Portal brings together the range of services which offer guidance in taking precautions against the effects of climate change in order to help people and organisations to get prepared for the unavoidable consequences of climate change.

What are these Climate Services?

Climate Services range from the provision of climate-related data and information through to adaptation services which provide support in dealing with the effects of climate change.


Climate-related information comprises meteorological and climatological data—including temperature, rainfall, wind, soil moisture level and sea temperature—which is used in drawing up risk and vulnerability analyses. Climate-related information is available for the past, the present and the future. For some years now, various authorities have been observing the climate system and recording past and current climate data. They use this data to create climate forecasts and projections for the future for various different time zones and regions, from seasonal forecasts to long range projections.


This data and information about the climate system of the past, present and future can be used in conjunction with other information (e.g. data on socio-economic scenarios or demographic change), enabling estimates to be made of the sectors and regions that will be worst affected. For example, a town planner can use data on temperature and rainfall with construction plans and information on population development to make an estimate of the places where extreme heat or heavy rainfall could be dangerous to humankind or to infrastructures.


Climate change adaptation services are provided in order to enable people and organisations to introduce counter-measures against these dangers. Climate change adaptation services show municipal authorities, associations or companies how they can take the effects of climate change into consideration in their decision-making and planning procedures, as well as indicating which adaptation measures they can implement. Through a series of guidelines, web tools and maps, and the provision of specialist training, climate change adaptation services offer assistance in choosing, planning, and implementing appropriate measures and in evaluating their effectiveness.

Which institutions provide Climate Services on the Climate Preparedness Portal?

Currently on the KLiVO portal, you will find Climate Services taking precautions against the effects of climate change provided by authorities of the federal government and of the federal states. With the administration office of the German Climate Service (DKD), the German Meteorological Service (DWD) forms the central point of contact for climate data and information. With their administration office KlimAdapt, the Competence Centre for the Consequences of Climate Change and Adaptation (KomPass) at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) provides a full range of services on the theme of climate change adaptation.

How do you select the services presented on the Preparedness Adaptation Portal?

The services offering guidance in taking precautions against the effects of climate change which are presented on the KLiVo portal explicitly take into account climate change and adaptations to climate change in Germany. They have a sound scientific basis, are in line with the latest findings and can be made use of without restriction and free of charge.

How is quality assured for the services provided?

An independent team of experts carries out investigations on behalf of the IMAA to ensure that the services offering guidance in taking precautions against the effects of climate change meet the relevant criteria in relation to climate change, applicability to Germany, being in line with the latest findings, having a sound scientific basis and being accessible. The services provided on KLiVO are regularly checked to ensure that they are in line with the latest findings.

Questions on presentation, locating and calling up services

How can I find specific information on the Climate Preparedness Portal?

Under Service Catalogue on the menu, you will find a number of different filter functions which you can use to get to the services relevant to your specific issue. The full-text search on the top right of every page provides individual search options. You can also gain direct access to the filters for the various services from the Home page.

Which search and filter functions are available for finding services?

According to your individual situation, the services most suited to your needs can be found by either carrying out a full-text search or via the following filtering options:

  • What are you planning? – What is the next step you need to take in the climate change adaptation process?
  • Area of activity – which area are you looking for services for?
  • Climate variables – what climate data do you need?
  • Climate impact – what consequences of climate change are you dealing with?
  • Region – which type of area are you looking for services for?
  • Target group – what group of key players/what operational level are you looking for services for?
  • Area of application – are you looking for a specific service for your federal state?
  • Category – what type of services offering guidance in taking precautions against the effects of climate change do you need?

Are the fact sheets for the various services available to download?

They can be downloaded directly on the page for the respective fact sheet by clicking on "Download fact sheet".

What language is used for the services offering guidance in taking precautions against the effects of climate change?

The fact sheets on the KLiVO Portal for the various services which offer guidance in taking precautions against the effects of climate change are all in German.

How can I make a suggestion of my own for a service for the KLiVo Portal?

Go to Submit a service offering guidance in taking precautions against the effects of climate change on the Home page and then go to "Services" where you will be able to submit your suggestion via the Contact Form. We will then get in touch with you and examine the proposed service.

Questions on further assistance

Who is the direct contact person regarding the Climate Preparedness Portal?

All questions concerning the Climate Preparedness Services can be directed to the branch of KlimAdapt in the Federal Environmental Agency/KomPass:

Geschäftsstelle KlimAdapt
Umweltbundesamt – Kompetenzzentrum Klimafolgen und Anpassung
Kirsten Sander
Wörlitzer Platz 1
06844 Dessau-Roßlau
Tel: 0340 2103 2438
kompass@uba.de

All questions concerning Climate Information Services can be directed to the branch of DKD in the DWD:

Geschäftsstelle DKD
Deutscher Wetterdienst – Referat Regionale Klimaüberwachung
Maya Körber
Frankfurter Str. 135
63067 Offenbach
Tel.: 069 8062 2941
gs.dkd@dwd.de

For all further questions and questions of more common character we kindly ask you to use our Contact form.

Where can I get more information on the individual services offered?

For more information on the individual services offered, you can contact the providers of the services directly. The contact details can be found in the fact sheets for the respective services.

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