Oxford has been at the forefront of research concerning the adaptation to the unavoidable impacts of a changing climate for decades. An important feature of these activities is the delivery of knowledge and solutions in practice.


With institutions like ECI-hosted UKCIP and projects such as Adaptation and Resilience in a Changing Climate Coordination Network (ARCC-CN) working at the boundary between scientific research, policy making and adaptation practice, tools are being developed to ensure that relevant information can be shared with affected stakeholders and decision-makers.

Research in this area is broad-ranging but specific. The primary focus of UKCIP is to investigate potential climate change adaptation responses of sectors and UK regions to address the challenges of local government, businesses and resource managers in the face of warmer temperatures and extreme events.

Providing tools for decision-makers is a common element of Oxford’s work in this area and one which adds immense value to understanding the adaptation challenges a changing climate confronts us with.


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Research Projects

CLIMSAVE is developing an interactive web-based tool to allow stakeholders to assess climate change impacts in order to better inform the development of effective policy responses.

UKCIP have been recognised as world leaders the stakeholder-led adaptation practice developing a range of decision-making tools including the adaptation wizard.

ARCC-CN focuses on the built environment and assesses the optimal adaptation strategies for managing resources like transport and water systems. Similarly, other research in this area focuses on analysing the resilience of global cities.

The ARCADIA (Adaptation and Resilience in Cities: Analysis and Decision making using Integrated Assessment) project aims to provide system-scale understanding of the inter-relationships between climate impacts, the urban economy, land use, transport and the built environment and to use this understanding to design cities that are more resilient and adaptable.