Integration of Climate Data in the SAVi Nature-Based Infrastructure Model

C3S_428h_IISD-EU: Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi): Demonstrating the Business Case for Climate-Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure

By Andrea Bassi, Ronja Bechauf, Liesbeth Casier, Sergio Lago, Oshani Perera, Mahé Perrette, Georg Pallaske, David Uzsoki, Laurin Wuennenberg on September 28, 2020

This report outlines the integration of authoritative Copernicus Climate Data from the Climate Data Store (CDS) into a Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of nature-based infrastructure. It describes how several climate indicators obtained from the Copernicus CDS were integrated into the SAVi Nature-Based Infrastructure model and how its analysis has improved as a result. In light of this integration, IISD can generate sophisticated SAVi-derived analyses on the costs of climate-related risks and climate-related externalities.

This document presents:

  • A summary of the literature review on the climate impact on nature-based infrastructure, including equations that link climate variables to the performance of nature-based infrastructure.
  • How the above information was used to select relevant indicators from the Copernicus database.
  • How outputs of the CDS datasets are integrated into the SAVi System Dynamics (SD) Nature-Based Infrastructure model.
  • How simulation results can be affected using this new and improved set of indicators.

Report details

Climate Change Adaptation
Focus area
ECMWF, 2020