Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in the Urban Environment (ASCCUE)
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Grant Ref GR/S19233/01.
- Darryn McEvoy
- University of Manchester.
- University of Cardiff.
- University of Southampton.
- Oxford Brooks University.
Partners included the Town and Country Planning Association, BRE, ARUP, Environment Agency, RTPI, ODPM, ABI, SE and NW climate groups, Ciria, Institute of Public Health , Cabe Space, and English Partnerships.
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. Importantly the project also looked beyond an assessment of impacts, using concepts of risk (risk being a function of hazard, exposure and vulnerability) to provide enhanced information to underpin the development of conurbation and neighbourhood scale adaptation strategies. A risk assessment methodology was developed (Lindley et al 2006) using a set of urban morphology units as its spatial framework. Other findings from the work have been written up in special edition of the Journal of Built Environment (Lindley et al 2007) and Municipal Engineer (Gwilliam et al 2006 and McEvoy et al 2006). The work was carried out in two contrasting case study locations, a representative conurbation (Greater Manchester) and an extreme case ( Lewes , Sussex ). ASCCUE was part of the £3.2 million EPSRC Building Knowledge for a Changing Climate (BKCC), a consortium now being continued through network and workshop activities associated with Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate (SKCC). The ASCCUE project has led to further work through the EPSRC SCORCHIO project and smaller studies such as for the Manchester Geographical Society. An IDPM Masters student, Elizabeth Peet, also contributed work on the ASCCUE project, together with several Planning Masters students.