Here is current research at Oxford relevant to the COP26 Adaptation and resilience theme. To see what other areas of climate research Oxford academics are working on, have a look at our People page >>

Managing the risks, impacts and uncertainties of droughts and water scarcity (MaRIUS) 
Led by Professor Jim Hall at the University of Oxford, the MaRIUS research consortium is exploring how best to manage future droughts by introducing a risk-based approach to drought and water scarcity in order to inform management decisions and prepare households. The consortium comprises researchers based at Oxford, Bristol and Cranfield Universities, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Met Office. More information on MaRIUS >>

The UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC)
The ITRC’s research provides concepts, models and evidence to inform the analysis, planning and design of resilient national, regional and local infrastructures across the globe. Led by Professor Jim Hall at the University of Oxford and representing a collaboration of seven universities and over 55 partners from infrastructure policy and practice around the globe, the ITRC conducts two related branches of research: developing models to support the strategic long-term planning of national infrastructure system-of-systems; and assessing the risk and vulnerability of interdependent infrastructure networks. More information on the ITRC >>

Attribution of Biophysical and Economic Impacts of Hydroclimatic Extremes (HIASA)
Led by Dr Fredi Otto, the HIASA project aims to identify and understand the changing drivers of floods and droughts in Southern Africa, in particular catchment areas for large cities (e.g. Cape Town). This is one of the first steps towards quantifying damage caused by climate change, and contributes to emerging debates in the UNFCCC on damage. More information on HIASA >>.

REACH – Building Capacity for Climate Adaptation
Oxford’s REACH programme works to prepare for the threat from climate change through advancing understanding of regional climate and climate change, and through building capacity to integrate climate in water policy and practice. More information on REACH >> .

Loss, damage and adaptation
Dr Fredi Otto is working with Lund University to examine loss, damage and adaptation to climate change hazards and events. The programme focuses on recasting the disproportionate impacts of climate change extremes, focuses on conceptualizing, measuring and governing L&D, including economic and non-economic forms of impact. More information on L&D >>.

Biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate adaptation
Dr Pam Berry  is leading a programme aimed at integrating and improving techniques for observing and projecting the effects of environmental change on species, ecosystems and the services they provide. This includes researching adaptation options for biodiversity and how mitigation and adaptation measures in other sectors might impact on biodiversity. More information on Biodeversity, ecosystem services and climate adaptation programme >>.

Food security and resilience
Dr John Ingram is leading the Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context (GFS-FSR). This will help address the global food security challenge and meet the rising demand for food in ways that are environmentally and socially acceptable while ensuring resilient food systems in the UK. More information on GFS-FSR >>.

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