Local Climate Adaptation Tool

We've been working with the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Council, the NHS and emergency services to design and build a prototype tool to show climate change forecasts together with the health and well-being impacts. You can try it here.

In 2022 we received funding via Research England (Policy Support Fund) and the Schroeder Foundation to develop the tool further. We expect to release a new national level version in Autumn/Winter 2022. The project will also expand to include future coastal pathogen risks under the new Horizon Europe BlueAdapt project (2022-2026).

The system allows people to select a geographical area of interest (starting with Cornwall as a case study), and uses climate models to show what to expect over the coming decades. We combine these predictions with evidence on the health impacts of climate change from the scientific literature to support local organisations to plan their adaptation strategies, and enable the best possible health and well-being outcomes for local people. For example, planning cycle paths with shade for hotter summer months and protection from stronger cross winds in the winter, ensuring people can continue to gain the health and wellbeing benefits of cycling in a changing climate.

The tool is free and open source as always, and is aimed at helping councils, the NHS and emergency services understand what is likely to happen and prioritise their climate adaptation approaches.

The prototype tool was exhibited at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 (Glasgow 2021, Green Zone) and was Highly Commended in the Climate Challenge Cup.

Screenshot showing map of Cornwall with zones that can be selected

Screenshot showing climate graph from 2020 to 2090 for seasonal rain - winter rain increases slightly which summer rain halves

Screenshot showing interactive network to explore relationships between climate and health, with references for all connections

Screenshot showing 14 suggested adaptations for active transport in the selected area, one is expanded called 'Raise road surface levels' to show an explanation and the scientific reference.