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UK Climate Resilience

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The UK Climate Resilience programme is led by the Met Office and NERC, and we are working in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) Adaptation Sub-Committee.

It is widely recognised that the impacts of extreme weather and climate change permeate throughout society affecting both lives and livelihoods. UK flooding events in 2007 affected 55,000 homes, killed 13 people and cost the UK economy £3.2 billion. Global impacts of extreme weather events also affect the UK, for example international food production. The situation is exacerbated when events are compounded, for example the co-occurrence of hot and dry summers. As the climate warms, extreme events and the ensuing costs to society will increase.

This programme aims to answer major questions:

  • How do we make our cities and regions resilient to climate change?
  • What are the opportunities to manage our adaptation to a low carbon future so it can deliver improvements to society and economic growth?

In answering these questions, the programme will develop robust approaches, such as software tools, to improve near-term climate forecasts and quantify current and future risk; conduct fundamental research to effectively manage adaptation of low carbon approaches; promote behaviour changes; and create novel co-production processes and industry quality standards which could deliver environmental benefits.

UK Climate Resilience Programme Joint Science Plan

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