The UK Climate Resilience Programme ran from 2019 to 2023


Established in 2020, the UKCR lunchtime webinar series showcased projects conducted for UKRI and by the Met Office, for the SPF UK Climate Resilience Programme and thematic topics.

An archive is provided below. Each webinar begins with an overview of the project, its key findings and implications, followed by a response from a relevant stakeholder/non-academic partner and concluding with an open Q&A session. 


24 February 2023: High impact scenarios for the UK with Nigel Arnell (University of Reading), with Mike Steel (Environment Agency) as respondent. Part of the Climate Risk Indicators: Developing Indicators of Climate Risk Using UKCP18 to Support Risk Assessments and Enhance Resilience project.

17 February 2023: EuroCORDEX-UK: an expanded set of regional climate projections for the UK with Richard Chandler, Clair Barnes and Chris Brierley (University College London), with Carol McSweeney (Met Office) as respondent. Part of the Use and Understanding of EuroCORDEX-UK project.

31 January 2023: Drought resilience: what are some of water companies’ research needs? with Charles Rougé (University of Sheffield), with Geoff Darch (Anglian Water Service) as respondent. Part of the Towards Forecast Based Climate Resilience and Adaptation in the Water Sector project.

25 January 2023: The unquantifiable: story-based approaches to climate change risk research with Alan Kennedy-Asser (University of Bristol), with Stephen Jones (Climate Northern Ireland) as respondent. Part of the Once Upon a Time in a Heatwave project.

18 January 2023: Valuing and monitoring climate services with Paul Watkiss (Paul Watkiss Associates) and Alistair Hunt (Bath University), with Daisy Jameson (Climate Change Committee) as respondent.


6 July 2022: Choices for the future of UK climate information: project findings with Murray Dale (JBA) respondent Katy Peat (Defra). Part of Climate Information to Inform UK Decision Making project.

21 June 2022: Putting resilience into Manchester Climate Change Agency with Paul O’Hare (Manchester Metropolitan University). Part of the Adaptation & Resilience: Planning and Action for Manchester project.

8 June 2022: The Economic Case for Climate Change Adaptation with Paul Watkiss (Paul Watkiss Associates) and Nigel Miller (Defra).

25 May 2022: Explaining the adaptation gap in the UK: The hidden story of policy lock-ins with Meghan Alexander (UEA, Tyndall Centre) and Tim Rayner (UEA, Tyndall Centre). Respondent: Tom Handysides (Defra). Part of the Adapt Lock-in project.

11 May 2022: UK Climate Change Risk Assessments and working towards NAP3 with Megan Bickle (Defra), Natalie Roberts (Defra) and Liz Bergere (Defra).

23 March 2022: Developing a National Framework for Climate Services for the UK with Louise Wilson (Met Office) and Nicola Golding (Met Office) with respondents Katy Peat (Defra) and  Michiko Hama (MeteoSwiss). Summary of final report can be found here.

9 March 2022: IPCC WGII report – Impact, Adaptation and Vulnerabilityinsights and implications (Part 2) with Lea Berrang Ford (University of Leeds and LA of Chapter 16, Key Risks Across Sectors and Regions) and Diana Reckien (University of Twente and CLA of Chapter 17, Decision Making Options for Managing Risk). Respondent: Richard Millar (Head of Adaptation and Climate Science, Climate Change Committee).

4 March 2022: IPCC WGII report – Impact, Adaptation and Vulnerabilityinsights and implications (Part 1) with Mike Morecroft (Natural England and CLA of Chapter 2, Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems and their Services) and Daniela Schmidt (University of Bristol and CLA of Chapter 13, Europe).  Respondent: James Pearce-Higgins (Director, Science, British Trust for Ornithology).

26 January 2022: ExSamples: Generating samples of extreme winters to support climate adaptation with David Sexton (Met Office) and Nick Leach (University of Oxford). Part of the ExSamples (Extreme Samples) project.


1 December 2021: Understanding the microbial communities of resilient peatlands with Professor Martin Evans (University of Manchester) and Tim Thom (Yorkshire Peat Partnership). Part of the Towards a microbial process-based understanding of the resilience of UK peatland systems project.

24 November 2021: Future-Drainage with Professor Hayley Fowler (University of Newcastle), Lizzie Kendon (UK Met Office), Murray Dale (JBA) and Xiaodong Ming (Loughborough University). Part of the Future Drainage: Ensemble Climate Change Rainfall Estimates for Sustainable Drainage project.

17 November 2021: Enhanced future flows and groundwater (eFLaG): Enhancing the resilience of the water sector to drought events with Jamie Hannaford (UK Centre for Hydrology and Ecology) with stakeholder response from Stuart Allen (Environment Agency). Part of the eFLaG project.

13 October 2021: UK Government Approaches for Domestic Adaptation and Resilience with Andrew Carr and Chris Bishop (Defra).

29 September 2021: Coastal Defender with Rachel Perks (Met Office). Part of Climate Service Pilot: Improving Coastal Resilience project.

21 July 2021: Erosion hazards and economic damage to critical infrastructure in river catchments, with Dr James Cooper. Part of the Erosion Hazards in River Catchments: making critical infrastructure more climate resilient project.

14 July 2021: Framing the Framework: Addressing the need for UK National Framework for Climate Services, with Nicola Golding and Louise Wilson. Part of the Understanding the Enablers and Barriers to Acceleration of Climate Service Uptake project.

30 June 2021: UK’s Third Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3). Part of UKCRP’s Climate Resilience Webinar Series.

17 June 2021: Crop-NET: Monitoring and predicting the effects of climate change on crop yields with Professor Richard Pywell. Part of the CROP-NET project.

3 June 2021: Climate Services standards and value with Murray Dale (JBA Consulting). Part of UKCRP’s Climate Resilience Webinar Series.

19 May 2021: Race to Resilience: an introduction to the global campaign for non-state actors with Áine Ní Bhreasail and David Howlett. Part of UKCRP’s Climate Resilience Webinar Series.

5 May 2021: Delivering resilience to climate impacts on water quality through Earth observation with Dr Peter Hunter and Professor Andrew Tyler. Part of Delivering resilience to climate impacts on UK freshwater quality: towards national-scale cyanobacterial bloom monitoring and forecasting project.

30 April 2021: Overview of the Embedded Researcher scheme from the UK Climate Resilience Programme Webinar.

24 March 2021: Overheating in care homes with Mike Davies. Part of ClimaCare: Governing the climate adaptation of care settings project.

10 March 2021: Climate resilience & the national flood/coastal erosion risk management strategy with Harriet Orr and Alex Cutler. Part of UKCRP’s Climate Resilience Webinar Series.

24 February 2021: Simulating spatially coherent widespread flood events across the UK with Paul Sayers. Part of UKCRP’s Climate Resilience Webinar Series.

10 February 2021: The feasibility of domestic raintanks contributing to urban flood resilience with Professor Liz Sharp. Part of MAGIC: Mobilising adaptation – Governance of Infrastructure through co-production project.


16 December 2020: Urban climate change and climate services with Claire Scannell and Lizzie Kendon (Met Office). Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Part of Prototype Development – Meeting urban user needs project.

2 December 2020: Smart systems approaches for climate resilient livestock production with Professor Lisa Collins (University of Leeds) and Karro Food Group Ltd. Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Part of Climate Pig project.

18 November 2020: Building UK climate resilience through bridging the qualitative-quantitative data divide with Dr Neil MacDonald (University of Liverpool) and Dr Thomas Kjeldsen (University of Bath). Part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. Part of Building UK climate resilience through bridging the qualitative-quantitative data divide project.

4 November 2020: Forecasting risk of environmental exacerbation of dissolved organic matter – building climate change resilience with Don Monteith (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) and Fraser Leith (Scottish Water). Part 1, part 2, and part 3. Part of FREEDOM-BCCR project.

28 October 2020: Coastal Resilience to Flood and Erosion Hazard: A Demonstration for England with Robert Nicholls (Tyndall Centre, UEA) and Charlotte Thompson (CoastalRes Consortium). Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

21 October 2020: Characterising and adapting to climate risks in the UK wine sector with Declan Conway (Grantham Research Institute, LSE), Dr Alistair Nesbitt (Vinescapes), Dr Kate Gannon (GRI), Prof Steve Dorling (University of East Anglia). Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Part of CREWS UK project.

7 October 2020: Understanding heat related mortality with Andrew Charlton-Perez (University of Reading) and Mark Harrison (Met Office). Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Part of Addressing the Resilience Needs of the UK Health Sector project.

23 September 2020: Statistical analysis and attribution of impact relevant climate extremes with Simon Brown and Daniel Cotterill (Met Office). Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Part of Improving Climate Hazard Information project.

9 September 2020: Understanding UK perceptions of climate risk and resilience with Professor Nick Pidgeon and Christina Demski (Cardiff University), with Frances Pimenta (Defra). Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

29 July 2020: Gathering the evidence for the 3rd UK Climate Change Risk Assessment with Prof Richard Betts, MBE (University of Exeter and Met Office), and Kathryn Brown (Committee on Climate Change). Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

22 July 2020: IMPRES: Impacts and risk assessment to better inform resilience planning with Prof Rachel Warren (Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia), Alan Kennedy-Asser and Jeff Price, with a response by Gemma Holmes, Committee on Climate Change. Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Part of Impacts and Risk Assessment to better Inform Resilience Planning (IMPRES) project.

8 July 2020: Creating climate resilience in the UK: What does this mean, and how might we achieve it? with Dr Kate Lonsdale, UK Climate Resilience Champion, and Tom Hughes, Senior Policy Advisor, National Infrastructure Commission. Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

24 June 2020: FUTURE-DRAINAGE: Ensemble climate change rainfall estimates for sustainable drainage with Professor Hayley Fowler, Professor of Climate Change Impacts, Newcastle University (Project PI) and Murray Dale, Technical Director and Chartered Meteorologist, JBA. Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Part of Climate Services, Standards and Value project.

10 June 2020: How will multiple climate hazards impact UK food over the 21st Century? with Dr Freya Garry, Climate Scientist, Met Office and Dr Tom Denbigh (Defra). Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Part of From Climate Hazard to Climate Risk project.

20 May 2020: Indicators of changing climate risk in the UK with Professor Nigel Arnell and Brendan Freeman. Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Part of Climate Risk Indicators project.