The UK Climate Resilience Programme ran from 2019 to 2023

Starting long-term collaborations during a pandemic: structured vs serendipitous research (Webinar)

UK Climate Resilience Programme Webinar Series 2021-2022

Date: Wednesday 19 October 2022, 12.00 – 13.00 (GMT)

Speaker: Dr Charles Rougé (University of Sheffield); respondent Dr Geoff Darch (Anglian Water Services)

Chair: Dr Kate Lonsdale (UKCR)

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A year after it ended, this is a reflective account of my Embedded Researcher experience with the UK Climate Resilience programme.

I was working with the Water Resources Team at water company Anglian Water Services, and the pandemic both presented obstacles for the realisation of planned technical work, and opportunities for building a long-term collaboration with the partner. The identification of research gaps that also correspond to technical gaps for the partner led to two successful follow-up funding proposals that will keep the collaboration alive for the next few years.

One project focuses on incorporating climate-induced risks to reservoir water quality in long-term planning. The other will build the modelling tools to quantify the impacts of the energy transition on water resource systems, and to suggest drought- and climate-resilient infrastructure investments that will also be well-adapted to future energy systems.

In parallel, finding ways to deliver on other aspects of the planned work has led to an unexpected but fruitful collaboration with academic colleagues at the University of Bristol, and a new methodology to better quantify the relationship between the quality of a hydro-meteorological forecast and its value.


Charles Rougé is a Lecturer in Water Engineering at the University of Sheffield, which he joined in 2018 after several research positions at top institutions in four different countries in Europe and North America. His research means to find adaptation solutions for water and water-energy systems stretched by climate change impacts as well as socio-economic and technological disruptions. He develops new modelling frameworks and analysis techniques to ensure that adaptation solutions are based on a holistic understanding of these systems and the threats they face.