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 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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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.
Managing the risks, impacts and uncertainties of droughts and water scarcity (MaRIUS)
Led by Professor Jim Hall, 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.