ADAM ADaptation And Mitigation Strategies: supporting European climate policy

The ADAM project received research funding from the European Community's Framework 6 Programme. It started March 2006 and finished in July 2009, involving 120 researchers in 26 research institutions across Europe and worldwide. 

ADAM supports the EU in the development of post-2012 global climate policies, the definition of European mitigation policies to reach its 2020 goals, and the emergence of new adaptation policies for Europe with special attention to the role of extreme weather events.

The main impact of the ADAM project is to improve the quality and relevance of scientific and stakeholder contributions to the development and evaluation of climate change policy options within the European Commission. This will help the EU to deliver on its current medium-term climate policy objectives and help inform its development of a longer-term climate strategy.

Core ADAM objectives were

To assess the extent to which existing climate policies can achieve a socialy and economically tolerable transition to a world with a global climate no warmer than 2 degrees Centigrade above pre-industrial levels.
To develop a portfolio of longer term policy options that could contribute to the EU 2 degree Centigrade target, and targets for adaptation. 
To develop the requirements for climate change appraisal in different contexts to enhance the emergence of innovative mitigation and adaptation strategies.
The ADAM work programme was structured around four overarching domains;
Scenarios, Adaptation, Mitigation and  Policy Appraisal
These were further sub-divided into Work Packages. In addition there were four case studies (Work Packages P3a,b,c and d), where the synergies and trade-offs between climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies were analysed. 


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