Sustainable Cities: Options for Responding to Climate cHange Impacts and Outcomes (SCORCHIO)

Urban areas are already remarkable concentrations of climate vulnerability. Projected rates of urban growth mean that vulnerability will increase at the same time as the impacts of climate change become increasingly manifest. Actions by planners, designers and infrastructure owners are required in the short term if cities are to avoid becoming ever more vulnerable in the long term. These are already urgent problems.

The 2003 heat wave was considered responsible for 14,802 and 2,045 excess deaths in France and England and Wales respectively. Many of these deaths, occurred in buildings in
urban, city areas and with such heat waves becoming more common with global warming, more deaths may occur. The summer of 2003, for example, is expected to become `typical' by the 2040s. For climate change adaptation strategies to be developed for cities and regions in the UK, there is an urgent need for decision support tools to appraise and design adaptation options. The rationale behind this project is that successful adaptation requires good impact assessment tools for adaptation appraisal of the urban and city environments under a range of climate scenarios.

SCORCHIO aims to develop tools to help planners, designers, engineers and users to adapt urban areas, with a particular emphasis on heat and human comfort. The project will use forecasts from the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) to provide new and better predictions of changes to our climate.

Funded by: 
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (Grant ref: EP/E017398/1)
Principal coordinator: 
Prof Geoff Levermore, The University of Manchester
Lead contact: 
Project timeframe: 
July 2008 - August 2011
School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering