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.

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Staff: Climate Impacts and Adaptation

Dr Haider Ali
Research Associate (Intense)

Telephone: 07741943793

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 System Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6618

Alistair Ford
Senior 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
Researcher in Hydrology and Climate Change


Dr Oliver Heidrich
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6563

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
Lecturer in Water Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6447