We are not well adapted to current climate variability. We may even be less resilient than in past generations due to our higher expectations of what is needed to have a normal life in the UK in 21st century.

Projected climate changes will affect all sectors of society through both human and natural systems. Effective adaptation builds capacity to respond to this variability and change and is one of two broad and increasingly important strategies (along with mitigation) for climate risk management. Even under the most optimistic mitigation scenarios there is an urgent need to build resilience and accelerate adaptation to climate variability and change. Informing the extensive range of actions needed to manage climate risks, reduce damage without exacerbating existing inequalities, and realise emerging opportunities, is a critical scientific and societal challenge.

It is widely recognised that single disciplinary approaches will not be able to ‘solve’ this complex challenge and that multi- and inter-disciplinary research efforts that include e.g. the arts and humanities, engineering, natural  sciences, physical and social sciences are needed. It is also recognised that the engagement and involvement of a wider range of stakeholders comprising practitioners and policy-makers is essential in addressing this challenge.


News & Events

Last updated September 2021

Here are the latest news articles and events from the UK Climate Resilience Programme.

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  • Peatlands (Webinar)

    Peatlands (Webinar)

    UK Climate Resilience Programme Webinar Series 2021 Date: 1 December, 12.00pm (BST) Speaker: Martin Evans (University of Manchester), Tim Thom (Yorkshire Peatland Partnership) Chair: TBC Register for Webinar Abstract This webinar will report on the...

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  • Road to COP26 climate resilience events

    Road to COP26 climate resilience events

    A selection of events relating to climate resilience in the lead up to COP26 in November. 6 September 2021 – 14 October 2021:Regional dialogue series: scaling up locally-led adaptation (IIED) In partnership with the UN...

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  • Coastal Defender (Webinar)

    Coastal Defender (Webinar)

    UK Climate Resilience Programme Webinar Series 2021 Date: 29 September, 12.00pm (BST) Speaker: Rachel Perks (Met Office) Chair: Jason Lowe (Met Office) Register for Webinar Abstract Sea level rise is going to have significant consequences...

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  • Climate resilience webinar series 2021

    Climate resilience webinar series 2021

    A UK Climate Resilience Programme lunchtime webinar series in which both researchers and stakeholders participate.  The webinars showcase projects conducted for UKRI and by the Met Office for the SPF UK Climate Resilience Programme and...

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