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The University of Manchester engages in various projects linked to climate change adaptation.
A number of these relate to Manchester and its surrounding region, whilst some link to other countries and involve international partnerships. Relevant information on these projects is provided below.

March 2007 - January 2010
Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in the Urban Environment (ASSCUE)

The ASCCUE project aimed to further our understanding of the impacts of climate change on towns and cities through three ‘exposure units’ of human comfort, urban greenspace and the built environment.

January 2012 - June 2013
Adaptation Strategies for European Cities (DG Clima)

The aim of this project is to provide capacity building and assistance for cities in developing and implementing an adaptation strategy by raising awareness throughout Europe on the importance of preparing for climate change in cities, exchanging knowledge and good practices, and developing tools and guidance for cities on adaptation.

June 2005 - June 2005
Climate Change and the Visitor Economy: Challenges and opportunities for England’s Northwest (CCVE)

CCVE investigated the interaction between climate change, the visitor economy and the environment in order to understand future opportunities and threats for the North West region of England.

December 2010 - November 2013
Climate Change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa (CLUVA)

Although Africa is considered a continent particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, its real impact, particularly on a local scale, is still poorly understood

January 2010 - December 2014
Climate Proof Cities

The Climate Proof Cities research programme addresses how Dutch cities can prepare for the impacts of climate change?

January 2010 - November 2011
Climate Science in Urban Design: A Historical and Comparative Study of Applied Climatology

Climate Science and Urban Design was a historical and comparative study of applied urban climatology. The time frame was from 1950 to the present.

July 2008 - August 2011
Co-incident probabilistic climate change weather data for a sustainable built environment (COPSE)

The aim of the project is  To develop a methodology for deriving weather data for building designers etc that is based on future data rather than observational records from the last 20 years or so.

September 2010 - August 2013
Community and Institutional Responses to the Challenges Facing Poor Urban People in an Era of Global Warming in Bangladesh

Climate change is impacting on the living conditions and livelihoods of poor people. These effects will deepen over coming decades.

November 2005 - November 2009
European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (EU COST) Action C22 Urban Flood Management)

The main objective of the EU Cost Action was to increase the knowledge required for preventing and mitigating potential flood impacts to urban areas.

September 2008 - August 2010
Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco Towns (GRaBS)

The GRaBS project involved a network of leading pan-European organisations involved in integrating climate change adaptation into regional planning and development.

January 2007 - ongoing
i-trees

The i-trees project investigates and demonstrate the contribution of green cover to climate change resilience and adaptation. Through a long term and innovative programme of tree planting, green roofs and green walls and the installation of a range of scientific monitoring equipment, i-trees will help to transform the Oxford Road Corridor of Manchester City Centre into a ‘Living Laboratory'.

January 2010 - January 2011
Justice, Vulnerability & Climate Change: An Integrated Framework

Around two-thirds of the most extremely socially flood-vulnerable places in the UK are also extremely socially heat-vulnerable. Many socially deprived neighbourhoods are also socially vulnerable to climate events.

November 2006 - June 2007
Risk Assessment and Risk Management in Small Urban Catchments (part of the ERA-Net CRUE programme)

The project’s primary intention was to provide a broad basis of knowledge and tools for a reliable application of the EU Flood Directive in small urban catchments.

January 2010 - December 2012
Smart Resilience, Technology, Systems and Tools (SMARTeST)

The background to SMARTeST stems from the extent and consequences of recent flood events in Europe and worldwide. These showed that the existing flood defence structures do not guarantee a sufficient protection level for people and properties.

July 2008 - August 2011
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.

January 2009 - March 2010
Waterproof North West

This partnership project between The University of Manchester and Mersey Basin Campaign used the process of scenario planning to identify the challenges and opportunities that could impact on delivery of the Water Framework Directive in England’s North West.