Vulnerability: external resources

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

Adaptation risk assessment resource pack

This pack is designed to help Local Authorities tackle climate change adaptation and includes a short document that makes a case for continuing adaptation even though the National Indicator set has been dropped. The pack can assist local authorities at different stages in the adaptation planning process. A ‘starter pack’ is aimed at those beginning work on the agenda. The ‘accelerator pack’ is for authorities who have already made good progress and are ready to work on risk assessment of service areas. Finally, case studies and useful tips from five North West Local Authorities cover sectors such as Emergency Services, Business Continuity and Highways and Transport.

An assessment of the vulnerability of the Natural Environment to climate change in North West England using the National Character Areas

This report details an investigation into the natural environmental assets in the north west of England to assess how vulnerable they are to present and future climate change. The first approach of its kind in this area, it looks at six national character areas out of twenty-nine in the region and categorised their vulnerability to give an insight into the region as a whole.  Associated projects also identify possible landscape-scale adaptation strategies that will help enable the North West to maintain the benefits obtained from ecosystems and landscapes.

Climate Change Adaptation by Design: A guide for Sustainable Communities

This report communicates the importance of adapting to inevitable climate change, and shows how adaptation can be integrated into the planning, design and development of new and existing communities.

It summarises the climate challenges (based on UKCIP 02 scenarios) and provides guidance, backed up with case studies from around the world, of ways in which adaptation can be incorporated into new and existing developments.

It includes guidance on how to implement adaptation through design and development at conurbation, neighbourhood and building scales.

Climate Change and Historic Buildings

This document sets out the English Heritage policy response to climate change in terms of both mitigation and adaptation. Notes that climate change impacts on the historic built environment is an under researched topic. EH is also concerned that there is a presumption that the historic environment is energy inefficient. However, they believe that these buildings will, in fact, adapt well to future climate change.

Heatwave Plan for England: Protecting Health and Reducing Harm from Extreme Heat and Heatwaves

The 2011 edition of the National Heatwave Plan updates previous versions. It explores the effect of heatwaves on climate change and outlines a plan, formulated in collaboration with stakeholders,  to deal with the potential risks to increase the preparedness of England. The arrangements spell out what needs to be done by health and social care services and other bodies to raise awareness of the risks relating to severe hot weather and what preparations both individuals and organisations should make to reduce those risks. The plan also explains the responsibilities at national and local level for alerting people once a heatwave has been forecast, and for advising them how to respond and what to do during a heatwave. It complements other documents published by the Department of Health that look at climate change and human health.

Infrastructure, Engineering and Climate Change Adaptation - ensuring services in an uncertain future

This report is the result of a series of workshops under the 'Engineering the Future' programme.  It examines vulnerabilities in the national infrastructure sectors to the effects of climate change and the modifications that are needed to increase resilience. Focussing on energy, transport, water and communications, it also addresses the vulnerabilities that arise as a result of the mutual dependency between different sectors.

Twenty recommendations cover planning for adaptation; regulation and governance; technology and innovation; information and learning; engineering and professional skills; public engagement and communication. Includes summaries of likely impacts and vulnerabilities on certain types of infrastructure as well as examining potential adaptation responses.

WHO, Climate Change and Human Health: Risks and Responses

This report describes the context and process of global climate change, its actual or likely impacts on health, and how human societies should respond, via both adaptation strategies to lessen impacts and collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It identifies vulnerable populations and  includes quantitative estimates of the total health impacts of climate change. It lays out the steps necessary to further scientific investigation and to develop strategies and policies to help societies adapt to climate change.