Tool – LCLIP

Link to external tool -contains guidance (+ short description)

Use in decision framework

Risk assessment
Determine climate threat
Choose optimal set of options
(possibly) Baseline performance


LCLIP is a simple tool designed to help organisations to assess their exposure to the weather. It can be used as a standalone tool, or as a step in a risk-based framework such as the Adaptation Wizard.

The LCLIP process shows how prepared an organisation is to deal with severe weather events. For example, one LCLIP uncovered £16.4 million of unplanned costs over a decade due, to emergency provisions, insurance claims and road repairs after weather events.



The main component of an LCLIP is a spreadsheet, designed to capture information on newsworthy weather events for a particular location, and that have had an impact on your business or organisation. The initial research focuses on articles that might typically be found in local newspaper reports or online.


Interviewing staff whose work was affected by a specific event is a good way to explore the consequences on the performance of a business or service. Using information from your completed spreadsheet, identify and contact the relevant staff.

Identifying additional information

Additional information can be gathered using interviews.

After the interviews

Write up transcripts as soon as possible after interviews while it is still fresh in your mind. You may wish to send a copy to the interviewee as confirmation of the conversation.

User friendliness

The LCLIP tool is based on a macro-enabled Excel spreadsheet, supported by a range of supporting documents. The Excel supports the user by providing lists to choose from, some examples and a summarizing functionality. The supporting documents contains guidance for using the tool and practical examples and guidance documents for the various stages of doing an LCLIP analysis.


The final part of an LCLIP is to bring together your findings into an appropriate format, depending on the nature and structure of your organisation.

You should have, as a minimum:

  • a list of weather events
  • an understanding of what those events meant for your organisation or business
  • one or more headline messages.

Your findings could be presented as:

  • a short report highlighting the main issues for your organisation
  • a briefing note for staff
  • a presentation illustrating the main messages, to be shared within the organisation and partners
  • an event or a series of events to share the outcomes with both internal and external audiences
  • a spreadsheet that breaks the results down e.g. by department, location etc.
  • easy to understand images such as bar charts, pie charts, graphs and photographs
  • an article in the local newspaper / internal newsletter
  • a post on your website and / or intranet
  • an internal report with suggestions for improving the preparedness of the organisation and a possible programme for further investigation.


UKCIP is a UK based firm who’s staff work closely with researchers, policy-makers and practitioners across a number of disciplines. This approach helps to create information that supports robust decision-making about the adaptation that is necessary to address a changing climate.

The team’s role is to:

  • facilitate interaction within and between academic studies;
  • offer expertise and independent advice on the most appropriate methodologies and research approaches; and
  • communicate information about climate change adaptation to a wide audience to inform decision-making.

Conditions for use

The LCLIP tool is free for download and use.