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You are here : eLibrary : IAHR World Congress Proceedings : 35th IAHR Congress - Chengdu (2013) : THEME 1 - KEYNOTE AND INVITED LECTURES : The UK?s First Climate Change Risk Assessment and the Implications for Water Resources and Flooding
The UK?s First Climate Change Risk Assessment and the Implications for Water Resources and Flooding
Author : Ian Townend, Steven Wade, Helen Udale-Clarke and David Ramsbottom
The Climate Change Act provides a legally binding framework for reducing carbon emissions and was passed into UK law in 2008. Whilst much of the focus of the Act is on reducing emissions and hence on mitigation measures, the Act also requires a risk assessment to be undertaken every five years. The assessment of the risks (including opportunities) from climate change has to address those things that have social, environmental and economic value in the UK. The objective is to create an enabling environment in which the capacity to adapt can be developed in an informed manner and identify priorities for Government action. The risk assessment informs the National Adaptation Programme and will be updated every five years. This paper outlines the findings of the assessment, with particular reference to water resources and flooding, and then considers the focus of ongoing research that should improve the evidence base for future assessments.
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Category : 35th IAHR Congress - Chengdu (2013)
Date Published : 18/07/2016
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