Climate adaptation

Understanding the potential impacts of climate change

In 2011 we began a project to compile scientifically robust and impartial information on the physical impacts of climate change for more than 20 countries.

A report on the observations, projections and impacts of climate change has been prepared for each of those countries.

Each report contains:

  • A description of key features of national weather and climate, including an analysis of new data on extremes.
  • An assessment of how man-made climate change has altered the risk of temperature extremes.
  • A prediction of future climate conditions, based on climate model projections used in the Fourth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The potential impacts of climate change, based on results from the UK's Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change programme AVOID and supporting literature.

Download the latest reports

Met Office capabilities

Climate impacts modelling Climate impacts modelling (PDF, 100 kB)

Core capabilities - Observations and monitoring Observations and modelling (PDF, 197 kB)

Understanding the impact of thawing permafrost on global climate change Understanding the impact of thawing permafrost on global climate change (PDF, 110 kB)

Improving roads today while planning for tomorrow Improving roads today while planning for tomorrow (PDF, 299 kB)

Adaptation - Thames Estuary 2100 project Thames Estuary 2100 project (PDF, 392 kB)

Food - Food insecurity and climate change Food insecurity and climate change (PDF, 1 MB)

Climate modelling in Bangladesh case study

This project was funded by UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID), as part of its £75 million funding commitment to Bangladesh's Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP). One of the goals of the BCCSAP is to build technical capacity and promote research. This project is the first step towards achieving that goal.

The project is a collaboration between UKaid from DFID, the Met Office Hadley Centre and the Climate Change Cell at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Its primary aim is to build in-country capacity to apply regional climate change models, interpret the outputs from those models and, therefore, provide policymakers with the data they need to plan for climate change.

The local scale detail that regional modelling provides can demonstrate significant changes compared with those projected by large-scale features in global models, particularly in areas of complex topography. Such detail provides important input for impacts models and assessments at national and regional levels, especially in the most vulnerable regions.

Climate modelling in Bangladesh Read more on Climate modelling in Bangladesh (PDF, 1 MB)

Climate Science Research Partnership

The Climate Science Research Partnership (CSRP) is working with African stakeholders to improve the understanding and practical prediction of African climate to help alleviate poverty.

Our partnership between the Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK Government is working in consultation with African stakeholders, to advance the scientific understanding of African climate now and in the future, and bring new science into use.

More information on CSRP

PRECIS

One of the Met Office Hadley Centre's key successes is the development of the regional climate modelling system PRECIS (Providing Regional Climates for Impact Studies).

PRECIS was developed in order to help generate high-resolution climate change information for as many regions of the world as possible. This information can be used in impact, vulnerability and adaptation studies, and to aid in the preparation of National Communications.

The local scale detail that the regional models provide can demonstrate significant improvements on local weather processes changes compared with those projected by large-scale global models, particularly in areas of complex topography. Such detail provides important input for impacts models and assessments at national and regional levels, especially in the most vulnerable regions.

To run the PRECIS model over a region, the Met Office can (if required) install the computing facilities needed to run the model at the national meteorology/climate services and train local staff in its use so they can generate projections and brief government on their impacts.

PRECIS is incredibly popular and is being used in projects across the world, including Africa, Asia and South America - in fact it has now been run by over 300 users from over 95 countries.

PRECIS - regional climate modelling system PRECIS capability statement (PDF, 104 kB)

More information on PRECIS

Case-studies

Climate adaptation studies in the Middle East Climate adaptation studies in the Middle East (PDF, 249 kB)

Assessing the impacts of climate change on the River Nile Assessing the impacts of climate change on the River Nile (PDF, 94 kB)

Climate change scenarios for Vietnam Climate change scenarios for Vietnam (PDF, 639 kB)

The Asian Development Bank and the Government of Tajikistan The Asian Development Bank and the Government of Tajikistan (PDF, 730 kB)

Climate security in the Sahel case study Climate security in the Sahel (PDF, 469 kB)

Last updated: 5 April 2013

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