Adaptation in the Local Authority context is how we "assess the potential effect of climate change on our communities and identify ways in which we can adapt" and reduce the negative impacts of extreme weather [from The Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change].
According to the Met Office's Hadley Centre, we can expect over the next half century:
- Hotter, drier summers
- Warmer, wetter winters
- More frequent extremes of temperature, rainfall and wind
- Reduced air quality and higher levels of ozone
More detailed predictions of how temperature and rainfall will change can be found on the UK Climate Projections page of the Met Office's website.
The Adaptation Framework sets out a framework to help Scotland's communities adapt and prepare for the impact of climate change.
The Adaptation Framework aims to:
- Improve understanding of the consequences of climate change and the challenges and opportunities it presents
- Provide the skills and tools needed to adapt to changing climates
- Address climate change issues by incorporating adaptation into wider regulation and public policy
More information on the Adaptation Framework can be found by visiting www.adaptationscotland.org.uk
Adapting the Falkirk Area
Falkirk Council, due to its location, is vulnerable to some of the consequences of climate change. These risks include susceptibility to flooding and enduring urban heat conditions within largely developed areas. Whilst vulnerable, it is important to acknowledge that there are several benefits for the locality in the event of a warmer climate. In order to monitor and exploit these benefits the council will record and where appropriate implement changes to the services we deliver within the local area.
We will undertake a Local Climate Impact Profile (LCLIP). This document records and monitors the impact severe weather has historically had on the Falkirk Council area over a 10 year period as well as what we can expect based on the weather trends identified. This helps us to identify communities and individuals at risk of severe weather impacts and where possible we can work together to reduce this.
- Local Climate Impact Profile
By using expected climate changes we can determine what kind of weather events are likely to happen and how this will affect the local area. To make sure our communities are safe and can still function in the event of severe weather, we and our communities must adapt our environment to secure homes and businesses. To contribute to the update of the LCLIP, please complete this short survey.
Increased flooding is likely to be a major consequence of climate change.
We are working on a number of projects to reduce these risks. The Grangemouth Flood Protection Scheme will provide protection against flooding from the River Avon, River Carron, Grange Burn and the Forth Estuary.
More information can be found on our flooding and emergency planning page.
The Floodline Scotland website is a valuable source of information. It provides live flooding information and advice on how to prepare for or cope with the impacts of flooding.
Green spaces play a critical role to protect biodiversity but also help developed areas, such as Falkirk town centre become more resilient to the effects of climate change (such as flooding or urban heat islands).
More information can be found on our Falkirk Green Network page.