Impacts, Trends & Projections: external resources

We have collated related reports and studies from organisations across the world which we found helpful when conducting our own research.

Climate Change in the North West

The Northwest Climate Group is a partnership of public, private and NGO organisations that works to ensure that climate change is embedded in decision-making in the region. This document draws together material produced over recent years, to consider what climate change will mean for the North West of England. It looks at global physical changes before considering specific impacts in the north west and discusses the UKCIP (2000) socio-economic scenarios for the region. It looks at the region’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions before outlining physical impacts such as flooding, biodiversity, human health, water and transport as well as detailing socio-economic impacts in utilities, industry, tourism and construction, amongst others. The further information section is somewhat outdated although the document nonetheless brings together a wide range of previously disparate sources.

IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was set up in 1988 to provide governments with the most up to date assessments of the scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects of climate change. This synthesis report brings together the results of three separate working groups on the physical science basis; mitigation; and impact, adaptation and vulnerabilities. It provides detailed data and assesses the potential impacts as well as covering suitable adaptation policies globally. The IPCC reports are considered to be the most authoritative and comprehensive view of climate change. They have informed the development of UK climate policy and the UK position in international climate negotiations. The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) will update the current version and is scheduled for completion in 2013/14.

The European Environment Agency Data Centre

The European Environment Agency maintains and hosts a range of climate change data as reported by European countries with additional relevant information from, for example, research projects. The datasets, maps, graphs  and indicators provide information on greenhouse gas emissions, climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in Europe. Priority is given to policy-relevant data and information for European and national policy makers, influencers (such as NGOs, business, media and scientists) and the general public. There are also specific country profiles along with GIS applications to assist mapping.

United Kingdom Climate Projections (UKCP) 09

Building upon the SNIFFER data on trends, scientists at the Met Office, Hadley Centre, constructed similar UK wide maps and trends. The UKCP09 Briefing Report will give an overview of the climate change observations and projections, the key messages and guidance on how readers can use the information. Users will need to explore the UKCP website will allow for a more detailed consideration of the underlying methods used.

Warming: Climate Change - the Facts

The Government funds the Met Office to do core research in support of practical decision-making. The Met Office’s Hadley Centre offers expertise to help Government and public services make strategic decisions about weather and climate change impacts through risk analysis and long-range forecasting. They produced this easy-to-use guide with excellent faqs and a glossary section, to give an overview of at all aspects of climate, climate science and climate change. It is aimed at answering everyday questions such as what is climate? How has it changed? And, how may it change in the future?