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Adaptation responses

A key goal of EcoCities has been to support the development of adaptation responses to extremes in current and future weather and climate in Greater Manchester.

Adapting the conurbation to the changing climate can bring multiple benefits, including enhancing economic competitiveness, protecting biodiversity, and supporting the development of more sustainable communities. Challenges and opportunities for progressing adaptation in Greater Manchester are highlighted.  

Reports in this section also explore policy frameworks and stakeholder networks underpinning the development and delivery of adaptation responses in Greater Manchester. We focus on measures to strengthen the role of spatial planning as an adaptation response.

Two ‘risk-response’ case studies look at the threat of flooding to the built environment (one of the main current climate risks) and heat stress to people and communities (a key future risk). The studies show that patterns of vulnerability, risk and exposure vary considerably across the conurbation, and provide a more detailed analysis of risks and adaptation measures at a neighbourhood scale. Research into the role of urban greening as an adaptation response for urban centres, and its perceptions by major stakeholders in the Oxford Road Corridor area of Manchester, is also reported.

At a smaller scale, the adaptation of office buildings to weather and climate is explored. This includes a literature review of available physical and behavioural adaptation options; an investigation into how the projected changes in climate and energy prices may affect expenditure on heating and cooling, and what adaptation measures are the most cost-effective; and the analysis of the current use, and the perceptions affecting the potential future use, of physical and behavioural climate change adaptation measures in office buildings. Additional resources linking to adaptation responses offer further insights into this topic.

 

 

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This is issue three of the EcoCities Blueprint magazine. It led with the article: 'What's going on up there? Climate projections for Greater Manchester.'

Spatial planning for climate change adaptation: identifying cross cutting barriers and solutions. Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology, The University of Manchester.

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Spatial planning for climate change adaptation

There are many elements to the process of adapting to a changing climate. Due to its role in regulating the development and use of land, spatial planning can make a...

Stakeholder mapping for climate change adaptation, Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology, The University of Manchester.

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Stakeholder mapping for climate change adaptation

This document provides an overview of organisations with a ‘stake’ in climate change adaptation in Greater Manchester. However, it must be emphasised that...

Adapting Greater Manchester to climate change: key challenges and opportunities

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Adapting Greater Manchester to climate change: key challenges and opportunities

As part of the EcoCities launch event on the 23rd July 2009, a facilitated workshop was undertaken which aimed to discuss and help prioritise the key challenges and...

  Working together? Inter-organisational cooperation on climate change adaptation

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Communication and collaboration for climate change adaptation

Adaptive actions are necessary in order to maintain the liveability of cities, which face higher temperatures and increased frequency and magnitude of extreme weather...

Urban greening to adapt urban areas to climate change: The Oxford Road Corridor case study

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Urban greening to adapt urban areas to climate change

Providing cooling in urban areas is a high priority for urban planning and urban design. Increasing green space, especially in densely built-up areas is considered to...

Adapting office buildings for climate change: literature review

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Adapting office buildings literature review

This research focuses on adaptation options for the built environment, with a particular focus on Greater Manchester, in light of the climate change projections. It...

Assessing the potential climate change adaptation functions of green spaces redeveloped from brownfields in Greater Manchester

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From brownfield to greenspace – the potential for assisting adaptation to climate change

Brownfield sites, or previously developed land, may potentially have important climate change adaptation functions and increase the resilience of certain areas to the...

Buildings and flooding: a risk-response case study

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Responding to flood risk in buildings

For the built environment, flooding is recognised as one of the most significant weather and climate risks for Greater Manchester. Flooding of residential buildings...

Heat and social vulnerability in Greater Manchester: a risk-response case study

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Responding to heat and social vulnerability

Under the changing climate, temperatures in Greater Manchester are projected to rise. This may be particularly dangerous to people and communities considered to be...

 Adapting to climate change: a Greater Manchester policy perspective

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Adapting to climate change: a Greater Manchester policy perspective

Supportive adaptation policies and strategies can help to equip cities and urban areas for changing climate patterns, which looks set to influence their future growth...

Adaptation to weather and climate in office buildings in Manchester

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Human adaptation to weather and climate in Manchester’s office buildings

This EcoCities report analyses current use and the perceptions affecting the potential future use of the physical and behavioural climate change adaptation measures...

Climate change adaptation within Greater Manchester local authorities

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Adaptation within Manchester local authorities

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The challenge of retrofitting buildings to adapt to climate change: case studies from Manchester.

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Retrofitting buildings to adapt to climate change

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