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

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Anastasia Polyakova

2011

Brownfield sites, or previously developed land, may potentially have important climate change adaptation functions and increase the resilience of certain areas to the changing climate. Based upon a Masters dissertation undertaken under the supervision of the EcoCities team,  this report summarises and presents a method of scoring brownfields on the basis of their climate change adaptation functionality.

The devised methodology was applied to the conurbation of Greater Manchester. Scoring allowed brownfields to be mapped in order to see which will be most beneficial for enhancing climate change resilience of local areas. The information on functionality of each brownfield can advise local authorities and developers on the opportunities that greening of the site can deliver.