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.
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 tool will be available online by the end of October 2021.