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Adaptive Value Chains

The information below provides details about Climate Chains and how the data is used and stored. It is important that you have read and understood this information before requesting an account. 

What is the Climate Chains tool?


The Climate Chains Tool provides a mechanism and process for agrifood businesses to map their supply chains for specific products, and rate the severity of climate change and weather related impacts. These ratings are then used to generate a risk exposure report.

The Climate Chains Tool is part of a broader research project about Adaptive Value Chain approaches. The purpose of this research is firstly, to understand how agrifood value chains are impacted by climate change and climate variability and secondly to understand how agrifood value chains can effectively respond through adaptation and mitigation strategies, whilst maintaining or increasing their competitive advantage. The research is funded by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, in collaboration with CSIRO, University of Tasmania and University of Queensland. 

What is involved?


Interaction with the Climate Chains Tool can occur at two levels: undertake the self-assessment process or access information only.

The Climate Chains Tool self-assessment process involves:

  • Creating and logging into a private account
  • Data input: products, supply chain stages and locations, and climate and weather events impacting on the supply chain
  • Based on this data, a brief summary report on risk ratings is created

General access to information involves:

  • The ability to browse the website containing background information on the project

How will the data be used?


The researchers will use the data to better understand the risks and impacts of climate change on agrifood supply chains in Australia, and may use the data for research purposes, including publication in journal articles, and conference presentations and posters.

Data that has been aggregated at the product, sector and regional level will be publicly available and may be viewed by the broader public to learn about the risks posed to supply chains from climate change and weather related events. The data also has the potential to be used by third parties to assess their own risk exposure on a sectoral level. Some examples of these parties include: insurance agencies, shareholders, and potential investors. This functionality is currently not available in the Climate Chains tool, but is intended in future versions.

What about confidentiality?


The aggregated data made publically available on the website will not identify specific products or businesses. This data will be presented based on broad product categories (with a minimum number of 5 product entries per category before aggregated data would be made available). However, anyone viewing the data may make their own assumptions about the identity of specific products or companies that the data may relate to.

User accounts will be password protected. In order to collaborate with others on the same supply chains or products, an invitation from the account holder must be sent to new collaborators. User details will be handled according to the Australian Government Privacy Act.

This is a secure website and data will be stored on secure CSIRO servers. User specific data will only be accessible to CSIRO researchers and website administrators.

Participation and withdrawal


Entry of data and use of the tool is completely voluntary. Supply chain data may be changed or deleted at any time by users.



Participation in this study should involve no physical or mental discomfort, and no risks beyond those of everyday living. However, it is possible to identify points of weakness in the value chain as part of this study, which may pose a business risk to you and your chain. The aim of this project is to assist chains to manage such risks.

The Climate Chains Tool provides a mechanism for businesses to start thinking about potential risks to their supply chains and is not designed to be a detailed risk assessment. CSIRO encourages businesses to seek advice on decision making regarding adaptation and CSIRO is not liable for any damages incurred from decisions made based on risk exposure ratings.


This study has been cleared in accordance with the ethical review processes of CSIRO, within the guidelines of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. If you have any questions about the project and your participation in the study please contact Lilly Lim-Camacho. Alternatively any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the research can be raised with CSIRO’s Social Science Human Research Ethics Committee by email at or by contacting the Manager of Social Responsibility and Ethics on (07) 3833 5693.

Dr Lilly Lim-Camacho (Project Leader)


Phone: +61 7 3327 4730