Tool name * DIVA

DIVA (Dynamic and Interactive Vulnerability Assessment) is a user-friendly tool that allows its users to produce consistent quantitative information on a range of social, ecological, and economic coastal impact indicators based on user-selected climatic and socio-economic scenarios, as well as coastal adaptation strategies. DIVA was developed within the European-funded project DINAS-COAST (Dynamic and Interactive Assessment of National, Regional and Global Vulnerability of Coastal Zones to Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise). DIVA comprises four major components: 1. A detailed global database with biophysical and socio-economic coastal data; 2. Global and regionalised climate and socio-economic scenarios until the year 2500; 3. An integrated model of interacting biophysical and socio-economic coastal processes including adaptation 4. A graphical user interface for selecting data and scenarios, running model simulations and analysing the results. The information produced by DIVA will enable its users: - To explore the effects of climate change on coastal environments and societies; - To explore the costs and benefits of coastal adaptation options; - To set priorities for international co-operation with respect to climate change and development; - To use data, scenarios and results for further scientific and policy analysis. DIVA does not support analysis for operational coastal management and planning, as this requires a differently scaled approach. (from:

Category All, Visualization
What step(s) in analysis framework 2b, 2c
What step(s) in Governance framework

Comes complete with its own database(s)

Data Quality Required

Modification Required

Not available

Expertise Required

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Spatial and Temporal

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License cost issues


The DIVA Tool is currently not available for download due to a lack of resources for maintaining and supporting the software. The DIVA Model, the computational kernel of the DIVA Tool, is being further developed, but without a continuous funding base and without a graphical user interface. The release of new versions of the DIVA Tool with a graphical user interface is contingent on the availability of future funding.

Literature: References & Manuals *
  • Hinkel, J. and R. J. T. Klein, 2009. The DINAS-COAST project: developing a tool for the dynamic and interactive assessment of coastal vulnerability. Global Environmental Change, 19(3), 384-395.
  • Vafeidis, A. T., R. J. Nicholls, L. McFadden, R. Tol, J. Hinkel, T. Spencer, P. S. Grashoff, G. Boot and R. J. T. Klein, 2008. A new global coastal database for impact and vulnerability analysis to sea-level rise. Journal of Coastal Research, 24(4), 917-924.
  • Hinkel, J., 2005. DIVA: an iterative method for building modular integrated models. Advances in Geosciences 4, 45-50.
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