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 tool for local government and public health professionals to explore climate change forecasts, together with health and well-being impacts, and adaptation suggestions. We hope this will make it easier for people to form their climate adaptation plans. You can try the prototype here.

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. In 2022 the team received funding via Research England (Policy Support Fund) and the Schroder Foundation to develop the tool further. We expect to release a new version in November/December 2022 which will include climate data for most of Scotland, Wales and England (rather than just Cornwall), more climate impacts (focused for now on the impacts of increasing heat) and adaptation suggestions, and a new section highlighting local vulnerabilities. The project will later expand to include the impacts of flooding and coastal pathogens under the new Horizon Europe BlueAdapt project (2022-2026).

The tool is free and open source as always.

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.