DIVA is co-developed amongst a number of European research institutions. Core development is done by:

Global Climate Forum (Adaptation and social learning, Daniel Lincke and Jochen Hinkel): GCF coordinates the research and the development of the DIVA model. It integrates modules and data from the different partners and provides the tools-chain to perform analysis. Due to its social science experience GCF develops the social components of adaptation in the model. GCF also maintains the DIVA model code.

University of Southampton (Coastal Engineering and Management, Robert J. Nicholls): University of Southampton contributes to the modelling of bio-physical coastal impacts (floodings, erosion) with a focus on deltas and estuaries. As a coastal engineering group they provide the technical and economic components of adaptation in the model.

Kiel University (Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise Research Group, Athanasios Vafeidis): Kiel University provides most of the coastal input data used within DIVA. Their expertise in digital elevation data, digital population data and GIS systems is used to compile the coastal database based on the segmentation of the digital coastline, which is also provided by Kiel University.

Contributions to processes and modules of DIVA were provided by:

Cambridge University Coastal Research Unit (Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, Tom Spencer): Cambridge University Coastal Research Unit developed the first version of the DIVA wetland module. Due to their empirical wetland research they were able to provide calibration data for the DIVA wetland module.

University of Lincoln (Mark Schuerch): Mark Schuerch developed the new DIVA wetland module and contributed to the integration of the module in DIVA. He also modelled interactions between wetlands and coastal protection infrastructure as well as the possible use of wetlands in coastal protection (nature-based solutions).

University of Sussex (Department of Economics, Richard S.J. Tol): Richard Tol contributed the socio-economic country-level database for DIVA and developed econometric models of adaptation to flooding (dikes) and to erosion (nourishment).