Climate Impacts Risk assessment Framework (CIRF)

The 7 step CIRF process

Emergency response organisations are the main responders to a variety of weather-related incidents. As severe weather events become more frequent in the UK, it's essential for emergency responders to consider the impacts of climate change as part of their strategic planning.

Working with the Met Office to carry out a CIRF will give you a more detailed understanding of the impacts of current weather and climate on your operations. It will also identify the key risks that are likely to result from climate change. Importantly, adopting CIRF recommendations and implementing appropriate adaptation measures can help your organisation to be more resilient to the risks of climate change.

West Midlands Fire Service will benefit greatly from the project conducted recently with the Met Office...the conclusions we drew were absolutely relevant to our local communities. We are now able to ensure that we have appropriate resources in place to prevent emergencies where possible and respond when necessary.

Rory Campbell, Integrated Risk Management Manager, West Midlands Fire Service

What is the Climate Impacts and Risk assessment Framework?

The CIRF has two strands of analysis:

Baseline weather and climate risk assessment  

  • Research and analysis to understand the sensitivity of the organisation or system to current weather and climate, and how underlying vulnerabilities contribute to the overall risk.

Climate change risk analysis  

  • Research and analysis to understand how changes in the climate may alter the risk to the organisation or system.

Read more about the 7 step CIRF process, the results and benefits you will receive and a case study of our work with the West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service.

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Last updated: 25 April 2016

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