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Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate (SKCC)

by Claire Walsh last modified 2007-08-08 15:47

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.

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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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