School of Engineering

Climate Impacts and Adaptation

Climate Impacts and Adaptation

Forecasting and predicting changes to climate hazards and impacts and identifying how to respond to these, is crucial to achieving globally sustainable development goals.

Our research is improving the forecasting of climate hazards such as floods and droughts.

We do this by developing high-resolution climate scenarios through new downscaling methods. We test options for adaptation to future weather extremes, especially rainfall, wind, heat and associated flood, drought and storm risks.

Our scenarios combine stochastic space-time modelling of extreme weather with high-resolution climate models, including those that can represent convective rainfall.

We developed the UKCP09 weather generator. We have further developed the generator into a cloud-enabled spatial weather simulator and an urban weather generator. We continue this work through involvement in the next-generation UKCP18 scenarios.

Our projects are global in scope. We investigate changes in rainfall extremes and their drivers, and their effects on flood risk in both urban and catchment settings, with practical applications to improve adaptation to climate change.

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Within the UK, we investigate the impacts of climate change on national infrastructure through the EPSRC Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium.

Our core membership of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research provides new policy-oriented challenges for our climate impacts analysis.

Flooded houses by a river.