Prof Geoff Levermore considers what we need to know and what’s next for tools to help designers create climate resilient cities.
Doug McNab from the Southwark planning department reflects on what he learnt at our urban microclimate event – and highlights the value of bringing researchers and practitioners together.
Duick T. Young, Urban Climate researcher, reflects on the recent CIBSE Resilient Cities urban microclimate event and highlights what areas the urban climate community needs to focus on to give their research greater impact in the future development of high density resilient and sustainable cities
A toolkit from Researchers at Durham University and Herriot-Watt University can help commissioners and providers of services for older people to adapt health and social care services for a changing climate.
6 January 2017 City Hall, London Working with the CIBSE Resilient Cities Group, we brought together 65 policy, industry and academic experts to consider the current state of knowledge and understanding of the various built form-driven effects on urban performance and resilience. We also addressed the practice requirements of tackling the unintended local environmental consequences … Continue reading Urban microclimate: overcoming obstacles to high density resilient cities
November 2011 A collated response from a wide range of stakeholders at the final project National Assembly. Summarised from the final General Assembly, November 2011 The CREW project involved a large array of differing stakeholder groups and interested parties. One effective means by which to reach these persons and to elicit and capture their views … Continue reading CREW from their stakeholders’ perspective
Our flood-related work focuses specifically on the built environment and infrastructure. Research projects DOWNPIPE – adaptation of property drainage systems to cope with predicted changes in high-intensity rainfall events with implications for flood management. ARCADIA – understanding the inter-relationships between climate impacts, urban economy, land use, transport and the built environment to help design cities that are … Continue reading Flooding
Maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature is vital to ensuring our general wellbeing and productivity. With heatwaves expected to occur in most summers by the 2050s, we face significant risks to our health and comfort. External temperatures can be intensified by the urban heat island effect – increasing heat emissions from energy use in homes, industry, … Continue reading Overheating
As our climate changes, the frequency and severity of extreme weather events is likely to increase. Impacts on the built environment include: flooding from rivers, surface water or the sea coastal erosion overheating storm damage poor air quality We have a particular focus on bringing together the latest evidence in flooding and overheating. EPSRC have … Continue reading Extremes
Decarbonising the electricity system may require use of CCS which needs large, reliable quantities of cooling water – ITRC researchers found that power plants could be at risk from drought and low flows.