Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARCC)
Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate Coordination Network (ARCC CN)
What is the programme about?
Enhancing resilience across the urban environment.
The ARCC CN brings together researchers and stakeholders involved in adaptation to technological, social and environmental change in the built environment and infrastructure sectors.
A suite of EPSRC-funded research projects provide the focus for the Network, looking at adaptation and resilience in buildings, cities, suburban areas, transport networks, water resources and energy systems. Working both independently, and through Network activities, researchers and end-users are providing evidence to enable the design of more resilient urban systems thus benefitting national economic stability and well-being.
Established in 2009, the ARCC CN has now evolved into a mature network of projects involving researchers from over 35 academic institutions and a wide variety of stakeholders from central and local government, business and industry. Originally, the Network focussed on providing evidence to enhance adaptation to a changing climate, but this remit is now being broadened to include adaptation to related technological, social and environmental drivers of change.
What is the programme doing?
• Enabling the design of urban systems that are more resilient to change by providing sound scientific evidence for decision makers,
• Focussing on efficient and targeted dissemination of useable outputs to a range of users,
• Identifying knowledge gaps and policy priorities and working with researchers and stakeholders to find innovative approaches to providing the required evidence,
• Building a pool of skilled UK researchers capable of engaging effectively with potential users and leading the research projects of the future,
• Expanding collaboration with similar programmes and networks in other countries to highlight UK achievements and to help inform the international policy landscape.
How will the knowledge and outputs be used?
Projects are providing sector-specific knowledge on practical strategies to enable a wide range of policymakers and practitioners to meet the challenges presented by change in the 21st century:
• designing robust water supply infrastructure systems at regional and local levels,
• ensuring health and social care systems supporting older people will be resilient to climate change,
• developing feasible adaptation scenarios to improve sustainability in cities and suburbs,
• improving the adaptive capacity of local communities to the impacts of extreme weather events,
• understanding the probable nature of the UK infrastructure systems in the future and exploring options to improve resilience,
• investigating the potential for integrated utility provision and opportunities for co-location and co-ordination of investment across infrastructure,
• improving the security and resilience of national energy networks to ensure a reliable and predictable energy supply.
All projects are supported by stakeholder groups who are active in setting the project direction and ensuring the outcomes are directly relevant to UK industry, business and government at national, regional and local levels.
UKCIP provides a coordination and knowledge exchange role within the Network working with researchers and stakeholders to enhance the overall cooperative development of the programme and to promote benefits to all participants. A report on the effectiveness of such collaborative working is available to download from the ARCC webpages.
What tools are available?
- A new film examining how NHS hospital architecture may be refurbished to become more resilient to extreme summer temperatures (DeDeRHECC, http://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/14460366 )
- Tools for the analysis and planning of a robust national infrastructure system (ITRC, http://www.itrc.org.uk/outputs/)
- A fast track analysis of strategies for infrastructure provision, reviewing the current status and future challenges for energy, transport, water, waste and ICT sectors
- A multi-sectoral national infrastructure systems model (NISMOD): pilot results from NISMOD and analysis of strategies for infrastructure provision
- Examples of the effect of extreme weather on UK transport operation and understanding the impact on infrastructure managers, travellers and policymakers (FUTURENET, http://arcc-futurenet.org.uk/?page_id=123 )
- A strategic planning tool for local authorities looking to explore pathways to a more sustainable energy future (CLUES, http://www.ucl.ac.uk/clues/CLUES_Tool)
- A toolkit to help local government, emergency planning forums and voluntary organizations work with partners in local communities to ensure resilient health and social care for older people (BIOPICCC, ) http://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/research/researchprojects/biopiccc/toolkit/)
- Guidance on adapting suburban areas to a changing climate and extreme weather events (SNACC, http://snacc-research.org/
- Two web tools from the CREW project (http://www.extreme-weather-impacts.net/twiki/bin/view/Main/PublicTools ):
- An integrated extreme weather event decision support tool to allow decision makers to draw up maps of hazard scenarios, assign weightings and interrogate the results.
- A building retrofit toolkit to assist when choosing retrofit adaptations to reduce overheating whilst taking into account annual energy use and cost.
- New sets of probabilistic weather years for the 2030s, 2050s and 2080s for 45 locations across the UK to enable building designers and engineers assess future energy and thermal performance (PROMETHEUS, http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/research/energy-environment/cee/projects/prometheus/downloads/ )
PROGRAMME FACTS AND FIGURES:
Start and end dates: 1/1/2009 with a rolling programme of research through to at least 2017
LWEC Partners involved: EPSRC and ESRC