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Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate (SKCC)

by Claire Walsh last modified 2008-05-28 15:38

SKCC: end of programme statement

The aim of the Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate (SKCC) project was to disseminate the research from the successful Building Knowledge for a Changing Climate (BKCC), sustain the community of researchers and end users assembled during BKCC and help set the agenda for a new programme of research on climate impacts and adaptation.

SKCC ran from April 2006 to March 2008, with the two-year period being roughly divided into two phases. The first year focused upon synthesis and dissemination of results from the BKCC programme. Activities included the production and circulation of a major synthesis report (Walsh, C.L., Hall, J.W., Street, R.B., Blanksby, J., Cassar, M., Ekins, P., Glendinning, S., Goodess, C., Handley, J., Noland, R. and Watson, S.J. “Building Knowledge for a Changing Climate: collaborative research to understand the impacts of climate change on infrastructure, the built environment and utilities, and to enable sustainable adaptation solutions”, Newcastle University, March 2007) summarising the BKCC results in a format accessible to end users. The report was launched at a one day conference attended by 122 researchers and practitioners. 9000 copies were printed and most have now been circulated. Based on a suggestion from the SKCC stakeholder steering committee a very short “So What?” document was produced and widely distributed, summarising the key findings and main achievements of each BKCC project and highlighting the implications for policy and practice.

A number of cross-cutting areas where significant gaps in research exist were also addressed through desk studies and well attended workshops. These activities led to position papers on the following topic areas, which are being developed further into journal paper submissions:

1. use of probabilistic scenarios in impacts assessment and adaptation studies;

2. evaluation of adaptation options across sectors;

3. linking adaptation and mitigation;

4. impacts on and adaptation of the existing and new building stock.

In addition four site visits attended by researchers and practitioners took place to look at existing buildings and infrastructures, examine their vulnerability to climate change and identify best practice in adaptation.

The second year of the programme looked towards the next phase of EPSRC funded research on climate impacts and adaptation, which has now been launched as the Adapting and Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARCC) programme. The process of scoping research began with two workshops for stakeholders in Edinburgh and London, where stakeholder priorities for research were identified. At the subsequent two-day workshop for researchers and stakeholders, the outcomes from the two stakeholder workshops were presented as a basis for converting these user needs into research themes and priorities. Priorities identified at these workshops were:

1. adaption and adaptability of existing and new buildings;

2. performance, vulnerability and resilience of critical infrastructure;

3. sustainable management of water resource systems;

4. functioning of the urban environment, land use and spatial planning.

These priorities are reflected in the ARCC call and are expected to be addressed in new collaborative projects funded in response to that call. In addition the final workshop provided an opportunity to review integration and stakeholder interaction across the BKCC programme and identify mechanisms for dissemination, stakeholder interaction and integration of research in the ARCC programme.

The activities of SKCC were regularly communicated throughout the project’s duration, via the website, newsletters and email bulletins. The stakeholder advisory committee made a number of valuable contributions through their advice on the direction of the programme and review of the outputs. Summaries of all the SKCC activities are available on the website: www.k4cc.org.

The ARCC website can be found at: www.ukcip-arcc.org.uk

Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate

EPSRC launched Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate at an event in Birmingham on 27th March.

There will be a total of £6million available from EPSRC to fund research under this initiative. The initiative is being taken forward in collaboration with the UK Climate Impacts Programme and a number of Living with Environmental Change partner organisations, including the Economic and Social Research Council.

Applicants successful at the outline stage will receive further guidance on submission of full proposals.

For further information see: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/CallsForProposals/ARCCOutlines.htm

Closing date for outlines: Thursday 26 June 2008

During this meeting a review of the BKCC projects and their achievements was given by Clare Goodess. This presentation is available HERE.

Recommendations for future research priorities

The executive summary submitted to EPSRC of recommendations for future research priorities can be viewed HERE.

Researcher/Stakeholder Workshop : Update 27th February 2008

The researcher/stakeholder workshop held in Birmingham on the 28th/29th January 2008 was the final event of the Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate programme. This workshop built upon themes and knowledge gaps identified in previous stakeholder workshops held in Edinburgh and London on 1st and 12th October 2007. 100 delegates attended the workshop: 50% were researchers and 50% were stakeholders.

The report available HERE documents in detail what went on at the workshop and records the thoughts and ideas of the delegates.

The following presentations were given at the workshop:

Towards the next phase: ARCC

(Dave Holtum, EPSRC)

Background to SKCC and review of outcomes/research topics from stakeholder workshops

(Jim Hall, Principle Investigator on SKCC, Newcastle University)

Criteria for prioritising research topics

(John Handley, University of Manchester)

Networking initiatives in BKCC

(John Handley, University of Manchester)

Data management in BKCC

(John Handley, University of Manchester)

Stakeholder experiences in BKCC

(Alex Harvey, UKCIP)

Climate proofing concept: a case of the Netherlands

(Pavel Kabat, Wageningen University and Research Centre)

SKCC Update: Researcher/Stakeholder Workshop

Date announced

You are invited to our two-day workshop to shape the future of research into climate change adaptation within the UK built environment. The aim is to propose an agenda and strategy for future research on adapting infrastructure, the built environment and utilities, an area of research that is rapidly gaining in importance and receiving increasing attention from government and industry. The workshop is your chance to shape, and become involved in, future research. The two days will involve presentations and participative workshops, which will provide the foundations for a successor to EPSRC's successful programme Building Knowledge for a Changing Climate (BKCC). In anticipation of a call for proposals in spring 2008 this workshop will suggest how the new programme might be structured and what its priorities might be. The workshop is held at the Park Inn, West Bromwich, Birmingham and is free to attend.

For more information contact graeme.sherriff@manchester.ac.uk.

The deadline for booking is Friday 11th January.

More information available HERE.

Download a booking form HERE.

SKCC Update: 8th November 2007

Reports from the two stakeholder workshops held in Edinburgh and London are now available. Through a combination of plenary and interactive sessions, the workshops aimed to:

  • identify stakeholder priorities, needs and challenges;
  • understand the nature of each of these and establish recommendations as to the appropriate means of addressing them, including those requiring attention through applied and academic research;
  • identify stakeholders/end-users that should be engaged, including the required skills and knowledge base, and related data issues.

Manuscripts of what was said and suggested at the workshops can be found by following these links: Edinburgh Stakeholder Workshop and London Stakeholder Workshop.

If you were unable to attend the workshops and would like to suggest any key research gaps/challenges you can do so online by clicking HERE. Deadline for suggestions is 30th November 2007. You can view what has already been submitted using this portal HERE.

Suggestions from the Edinburgh and London Stakeholder Workshops along with those posted online will form the basis for our researcher-stakeholder workshops to define a future research plan concerning climate change and the built environment, utilities and infrastructure. More details about this next stage will be available soon. If you would like to be included on the e mail distribution list for SKCC then please email skcc@manchester.ac.uk

November's newsletter is released. Please download HERE.

SKCC Update: 16th October 2007

The emphasis in the second year of SKCC is on developing a research agenda for a programme of research following SKCC. The starting point for this process was two stakeholder workshops held in Edinburgh and London on the 1st and 12th October. Reports from these two workshops will be available soon, however, the presentations given at each of the workshops are post on the following pages: Edinburgh and London.

A report on the last site visit to the BIONICS embankment near Newcastle upon Tyne can be viewed here.

SKCC Update: 8th August 2007

During the first 14 months of the SKCC programme we have been focussing on disseminating and publicising the results of the nine BKCC projects, through the BKCC results dissemination conference, the BKCC results publication and site visits to Manchester and Stamford Brook, Bradford and Ironbridge; the final site visit will take place on 12th September to the BIONICS embankment.

In addition we have held two plenary workshop meetings: the first focussed on the use of probabilistic climate scenarios in planning and managing the built environment and infrastructure; the second two-day workshop investigated three themes: evaluation of adaptation options across sectors; linking adaptation and mitigation options and impacts and adaptations in existing and new building stock.

The emphasis in the second year of SKCC will be upon developing a research agenda for a programme of research following SKCC. The starting point for this process are the two stakeholder workshops being held in Edinburgh and London on the 1st and 12th October. These meetings will then be followed by two researcher/stakeholder meetings, more details about these will be available after the October meetings.

SKCC

Climate change is projected to have aglasgow-flood significant impact upon buildings, infrastructure and utilities. Through a portfolio of nine projects the EPSRC funded programme of research called Building Knowledge for a Changing Climate (BKCC) has over the last three years advanced knowledge of the impacts of climate change on urban drainage, engineered slopes, the electricity supply industry, the aviation industry, historic buildings and infrastructure and the urban environment more generally. It has also developed specialised climate and socio-economic scenarios for impacts assessment studies.

wet-railSubstantial research challenges remain in areas not addressed in the BKCC programme and in more systematic examination of the design and implementation of options for adaptation to climate change. An enthusiastic group of end users from industry and government has been assembled as part of the BKCC programme and have played an active role in the design, monitoring and dissemination of the research results.

BKCC has been very effective in cultivating an active community of researchers and stakeholders with a growing capacity to address problems of climate impacts and adaptation for the built environment and infrastructure. The importance of climate impact and adaptation studies is growing, and the BKCC community, expanded as necessary to fill the gaps in the BKCC portfolio, has the potential to make a substantial contribution to addressing these problems, which will be a considerable benefit in the UK and internationally. The importance that end users in industry attach to this work is evidenced by their enthusiastic participation in the BKCC projects.

BKCC Projects

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Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate

Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate (SKCC) funded by EPSRC/UKCIP will preserve and extend the community of researchers and end users assembled for BKCC, placing the UK in a stronger position to adapt in a timely and efficient way to the challenges of climate change. Benefits for the academic community will also be the continuing engagement with stakeholders, the expanded impact of their research, and a strong environment in which to foster innovation. The user community, which includes industry and government, will gain from access to the academic network and the latest research, with the opportunity to focus research and obtain information to aid their decision-making process and to formulate policy.

SKCC will synthesise the results from all of the BKCC projects and present them in a high quality report that will be distributed widely to industry and at a high profile conference aimed at end users. It will continue research in areas of broad interest to industry particularly on problems that only received limited attention during BKCC. Specifically it will, through scoping and pilot studies, work shops and publications progress thinking on:


1. Use of probabilistic climate scenarios in planning and managing the built environment and infrastructure;

2. Adaptation options that can be beneficial in a range of sectors;

3. Impacts and adaptation in existing and new building stock; and

4. Integrating adaptation and solutions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.


Through stakeholder and researcher workshops SKCC will develop a coherent user-led plan for future research into the impacts of climate change on the built environment and infrastructure and development of adaptation solutions. This will prepare for major new research proposals in the field of climate impacts and adaptation.


Summary of SKCC aims:


  1. To sustain the researcher and end user community assembled around the BKCC programme.
  2. To synthesise and disseminate results from BKCC in order to maximise impact.
  3. To develop a coherent user-led plan for future research into the impacts of climate change on the built environment and infrastructure and development of adaptation solutions.

BKCC INTRANET

http://bkcc.k4cc.org/

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