UKRI will host a webinar 1-2pm on Friday 8 November to support the second funding opportunity for the Strategic Priorities Fund UK Climate Resilience programme for Enhanced Climate Change Risk Assessment capability. This topic aims to produce improved UK spatial modelling of climate-related risks, characterisation of interdependent risks and representation of adaptation strategies in integrated assessment models of impact and adaptation.
The webinar will offer an opportunity for applicants to the call to engage with Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Committee on Climate Change to ensure proposals develop strong links to benefit future Climate Change Risk Assessments (CCRAs) and National Adaptation Programme (NAPs) by highlighting geographical hotspot areas and priority risks in a more systematic way, whilst also enabling generation of research insights, for example, into interdependent climatic risks in the UK.
Driven by the UK Climate Change Act (2008), the UK government undertakes a Climate Change Risk Assessment every five years to identify priority climate risks which informs its National Adaptation Programme. While the underlying science base underpinning the CCRAs has progressed over recent years, there is not yet a consistent platform for assimilating scientific knowledge on a continuous basis to support each cycle of CCRA. A coherent platform would enable the exploration of different future scenarios consistently (including climate and socio-economic scenarios), coherent treatment of uncertainty across different climate impact models and testing of adaptation options.
The analysis of climate risks and adaptation responses is inherently spatial, hence the importance of developing UK spatial modelling capability that links different sectors together (e.g., natural environment, human health and infrastructure) and shows the geographical distribution of risks. This geospatial modelling capability must be capable of characterising interdependencies between sectors and risks, and representing adaptation strategies in models and assessments. The research will provide an open, innovative, flexible and continuously evolving platform for UK-scale integrated assessment modelling for climate change risk assessment.
Participants may join the webinar using the following links:
Option 1: From PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Please click this URL to join (Password: ClimateRes)
Option 2: By phone (using Webinar ID: 761 534 576 / Password: 433831)
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): United Kingdom: +44 131 460 1196 or +44 203 051 2874 or +44 203 481 5237 or +44 203 966 3809 or 0800 031 5717 (Toll Free) or 0800 260 5801 (Toll Free). International numbers are available here.