Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

ADAM – Adaptation and mitigation strategies – Supporting European Climate Policy


ADAM is an integrated research project running from 2006 to 2009 that will lead to a better understanding of the trade-offs and conflicts that exist between adaptation and mitigation policies against climate change. ADAM will support EU policy development in the next stage of the development of the Kyoto Protocol and will inform the emergence of new adaptation strategies for Europe.

The three main objectives are:

  • To assess the extent to which existing and evolving EU (and world) mitigation and adaptation policies can achieve a tolerable transition to a world with a global climate no warmer than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to identify their associated costs and effectiveness.

  • To develop and appraise a portfolio of longer term policy options that could contribute to addressing shortfalls both between existing mitigation policies and the achievement of the EU’s 2°C target, and between existing adaptation policy development and EU goals and targets for adaptation.

  • To develop a novel Policy-options Appraisal Framework (PAF) and apply it both to existing and evolving climate policies, and to new, long-term policy options in the following four case studies: European and international climate protection strategy in post-2012 Kyoto negotiations; a re-structuring of International Development Assistance; the EU electricity sector; and regional spatial planning.

The ADAM work programme is structured around four overarching domains: Scenarios, Policy Appraisal, Mitigation and Adaptation. Developing framing scenarios for adaptation and mitigation the Scenarios Domain will lay out four framing scenarios that will guide the ADAM analysis.
The ISI unit Sustainability and Infrastructures is involved in the development of the European mitigation strategies. For the analysis of such strategies a Virtual Model Server is developed that allows to integrate and communicate results of 10 involved models, such that the different aspects covered by the models (for example industry, households, transport, power sector) can be considered in an integrated and consistent way during the scenario analysis.
Furthermore the unit is responsible to cover the transport sector in terms of policy development, scenario implementation and impact assessment.


01.03.2006 – 28.02.2009


European Commission DG Research


  • UEA - University of East Anglia, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, United Kingdom (Coordinator)

  • PIK - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Norway

  • ALTERRA, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

  • IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria

  • PSI - Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland

  • Lund University, Sweden

  • ICIS - University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

  • Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

  • Polish Academy of Science, Poland

  • Climate Change Mitigation Research, University of Cambridge, UK

  • European Commission, DG-JRC, Ispra, Italy

  • SEI - Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden and UK

  • EnerData, France

  • DIW - The German Institute for Economic Research, Germany

  • et al.