London & Thames


Prof Jim Hall

Newcastle University

July 2009 to June 2012

AIM: To provide system-scale understanding of the inter-relationships between climate impacts, the urban economy, land use, transport and the built environment and to use this understanding to design cities that are more resilient and adaptable.


  • To develop methods for generating of city-scale climate change scenarios that are consistent with UKCP09.
  • To develop and demonstrate new methods to analyse the interactions between climate impacts and the regional and urban economy.
  • To analyse the relationship between the spatial configuration of cities and their resilience to climate impacts.
  • To provide decision support tools for adaptation of urban areas, and to work with stakeholders to demonstrate how these tools can be used to develop strategies for transitions to resilience at a city scale.

Main project outcomes:

  • a more complete understanding of the scope, nature and scale of climate-related risks at the city-scale (focused on London),
  • a practical methodology for risk assessment and appraisal of adaptation options in urban areas
  • the comparison of adaptation options to help make the economic case for adaptation.

Final dissemination

  • Methodological overview of the project
  • Weather Generator
  • Impact and adaptation case studies
  • Economic modelling
  • Land-use and transport modelling
  • Outcomes and key messages
  • Summary, follow-on projects and next steps

Factsheet summaries