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1 Re-thinking how we live, work and play to make Scotland more resilient to environmental change, especially climate change

2 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer Providing advice and support to help ensure that Scotland is prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of climate change Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer

3 Adapting our Infrastructure to Cope with Climate Change Dr. Joseph Hagg Adaptation Scotland 2 nd October 2014 Royal Society, Edinburgh

4 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer Adaptation: The adjustment in economic, social or natural systems in response to actual or expected climatic change, to limit harmful consequences and exploit beneficial opportunities. Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (2014)

5 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer

6 Infrastructure – Network Connectivity and Interdependencies Our energy, transport, water, and ICT networks support services are vital to our health and wellbeing and economy prosperity. The effect of climate change on these infrastructure systems will be varied. They are likely to be impacted by an increase in disruptive events such as flooding, landslides, drought, and heatwaves. Our infrastructure is closely inter-linked and failure in any area can lead to wider disruption across these networks.

7 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer 250,000 more households at significant risk by 2035 England Flood risk: Continuing development on the floodplain is increasing the reliance on flood defences. Under-investment in these defences is storing up costs and risks for the future. Hundreds of flood defence projects are currently on hold. Despite recent improvements in asset management, three-quarters of existing flood defences are not being sufficiently maintained. problem for capital spend and problem for revenue spend Climate Change: A Financial Challenge

8 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer Climate Change: A Data Challenge

9 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer Climate Change: A Data Challenge

10 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer Climate Change: A Translation Challenge climate ≠ impacts ≠ adaptation

11 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer Change in flood peak ? Winter duration ? ADAPTATION Climate Change: A Translation Challenge

12 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer wet dry Climate Change: A Change Challenge

13 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer warm cool Climate Change: A Change Challenge

14 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer Low Emissions (B1) High Emissions (A1FI) Annual Mean Temperature (°C) East Scotland Mean Temperature (°C) Difference from baseline ( ) Climate Change: A Change Challenge Design weather years data – based on what climate?

15 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer Newcastle-upon-Tyne Winter (DJF) Newcastle-upon-Tyne Summer (JJA) s2060s2080s 2040s2060s2080s Present ( ) Present ( ) Sanderson (2010) Changes in the frequency of extreme rainfall events for selected towns and cities Climate Change: A Change Challenge Return period – based on what climate?

16 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer Adaptation – how do we build resilience?

17 Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by - please contact us -


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