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

We have completed 2 Local Climate Impact Profiles (LCLIP) so far. These help us understand how the Falkirk area and council services are being affected by the changing climate and what we can expect in the future.

LCIP helps us to plan ahead to ensure that we make suitable adaptations to the changing climate; for example, effectively managing increased flood risk, and improving buildings to help keep us cool during increasingly frequent and severe summer heatwaves.

The first Local Climate Impacts Profile was produced in 2010, the second was produced in 2020.

Local Climate Impacts Profile (2020)
Local Climate Impact Profile (2010)

To contribute to our work on climate change adaptation, please complete this short survey.

Flooding

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 resilience 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

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.