Adaptation in the UK

The UK Government highlights the importance of adaptation alongside the reduction of emissions. Even the most optimistic predictions suggest at least a 1.8 degree C rise in temperature by the end of the century. The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) suggests the climate is likely to continue to become warmer, with an expected increase of 1.4 degrees C by 2080.

As well as higher temperatures, the latest UK projections show wetter winters, drier summers, more days of heavy rainfall and rising sea levels. These changes all pose significant challenges to the built environment, and CAR is working to further the research in this area. CAR also works on adaptation to abrupt change caused by earthquakes, volcanos and other natural disasters and has expertise in risk mitigation. See the Risk pages.

This work informs research into adaptation strategies closer to home. CAR sponsored research into the vulnerability of the housing stock in Great Britain in collaboration with the Energy Institute and the Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience at University College London. Using data from the English Housing Survey, this work aimed to assess the housing stock’s resilience to rising temperatures, floods, and extreme weather events. We explored effective and affordable adaptation strategies to ensure buildings withstand a changing climate. A publication from this project can be downloaded here.

We can help you assess how your buildings could be affected by climate change, and develop evidence-based strategies for making buildings more resilient. Alternatively, CAR’s modelling skills can be applied to work on regional and national adaptation strategies.


Jason Palmer
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