Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in the Urban Environment (ASSCUE)

The ASCCUE project aimed to further our understanding of the impacts of climate change on towns and cities through three ‘exposure units’ of human comfort, urban greenspace and the built environment. Importantly the project also looked beyond an assessment of impacts, using concepts of risk (risk being a function of hazard, exposure and vulnerability) to provide enhanced information to underpin the development of conurbation and neighbourhood scale adaptation strategies. A risk assessment methodology was developed (Lindley et al 2006) using a set of urban morphology units as its spatial framework. Other findings from the work have been written up in special edition of the Journal of Built Environment (Lindley et al 2007) and Municipal Engineer (Gwilliam et al 2006 and McEvoy et al 2006). The work was carried out in two contrasting case study locations, a representative conurbation (Greater Manchester) and an extreme case ( Lewes , Sussex ).

Duckworth, C. (2005). Assessment of urban creep rates for house types in Keighley and the capacity for future urban creep. MA thesis, The University of Manchester.

Gill, S. E. John F. Handley, A. Roland Ennos, Stephan Pauleit, Nicolas Theuray and Sarah J. Lindley (2008) Characterising the urban environment of UK cities and towns: a template for landscape planning. Landscape and Urban Planning87 (2008) 210–222

Gill, S., Handley, J., Ennos, R. and Pauleit, S. (2007). Adapting cities for climate change: the role of the green infrastructure. Built Environment. 30(1), 97-115.

Handley, J., Gill, S. and Lindley, S. (2007). Know your city –urban characterisation as a foundation for climate change adaptation. Urban Design, 102.

Lindley, S.J., Handley, J.F., Theuray, N., Peet, E. and McEvoy, D. (2006). Adaptation strategies for climate change in the urban environment: assessing climate change related risk in UK urban areas. Journal of Risk Research, 9(5), 1-26.

Lindley, S.J., Handley, J.F., McEvoy, D., Peet, E. and Theuray, N. (2007). The role of spatial risk assessment in the context of planning for adaptation in UK urban areas. Built Env. 30(1), 46-49.

Funded by: 
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Grant Ref GR/S19233/01.
Principal coordinator: 
Professor John Handley, The University of Manchester; University of Cardiff; University of Southampton; Oxford Brooks University.
Lead contact: 
Project timeframe: 
March 2007 - January 2010
School of Environment and Development