School of Engineering

Climate Impacts and Adaptation

Climate Impacts and Adaptation

Our research

We are at the forefront of forecasting, predicting changes to, and identifying how to respond to climate hazards and impacts.

Climate research and future risk

Our research is improving the forecasting of droughts, floods, and other climate hazards. Rainfall, wind, heat and associated flood, drought and storm risks are on the increase. We are testing options for adaptation to future weather extremes.

We are developing high-resolution climate scenarios through new downscaling methods. We combine stochastic space-time modelling of extreme weather with high resolution climate models. This includes models that can represent convective rainfall.

UK Climate Projections

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

Global projects addressing current and future challenges

Our projects investigating rainfall extremes and flood risk are global in scope. Our work is crucial in helping to achieve global sustainable development goals.

We have developed practical applications to improve adaptation to climate change. We tackle challenges as part of the Global Water and Energy Exchanges Project.

As members of the Willis Research Network, we address the changing global flood regime and its impacts on the insurance industry.

Impacts of climate change on infrastructure in the UK are being investigated through EPSRC's Infrastructure and Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC). Our core membership of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research provides new policy-oriented challenges for our climate impacts analysis.

Developing the future generation of experts

Recently, NERC awarded us the ONE Planet Doctoral Training Programme. This allows us to draw on the expertise and facilities of both Newcastle and Northumbria University. We will provide a world-leading training environment for up to 60 PhD students.

Ocean and iceberg


Our team

Dr Haider Ali
Research Associate (Intense)


Dr Stephen Birkinshaw
Researcher in Water Resources


Dr Stephen Blenkinsop
Senior Researcher in Climate and Climate Change

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7933

Dr Steven Chan
Research Associate


Professor Richard Dawson
Professor of Earth Systems Engineering, Director of Research & Innovation

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6618

Dr Alistair Ford
Lecturer in Geospatial Data

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7121

Dr Nathan Forsythe
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Telephone: 0191 208 6875

Professor Hayley Fowler
Professor of Climate Change Impacts

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7113

Vassilis Glenis
Lecturer in Hydroinformatics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6413

Dr Selma Guerreiro
Research Fellow


Dr Oliver Heidrich
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6563

Dr Abdullah Kahraman
Researcher in severe weather and climate change


Professor Chris Kilsby
Professor of Hydrology and Climate Change

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5614

Dr Elizabeth Lewis
Lecturer in Computational Hydrology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7544

Dr Xiaofeng Li
Reserch Scientist in Rainfall Extremes and Tibetan Climate Dynamics


Dr David Pritchard
Research Associate

Dr Luke Smith
Lecturer in Data-centric Civil Engineering

Telephone: +44 191 208 6766

Dr Claire Walsh
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6447