A free online toolkit by the University of Manchester will help local authorities and communities assess the vulnerability of their area to climate change.
The tool has been developed as part of the European Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco-Towns (GRaBS) project in the hopes of providing communities with a cost-effective and user-friendly way of understanding the local impact of climate change and preparing for extreme weather events. It also assesses risk factors where elements such as elderly population, zones of high-density development or critical infrastructure are involved.
Project co-developer Richard Kingston from the School of Environment & Development at the University of Manchester, said: “Projects such as GRaBS provide a rich insight into adaptation planning and are leading the way in sharing knowledge and expertise which results in action on the ground. This will be crucial for the UK as the government devolves power to the local level, with councils and communities at the forefront of adapting to climate change.”
The tool was developed and tested with communities across Europe, including Southampton, Sutton and the North West. It works as a platform to display spatial data patterns and focuses on temperature and precipitation, which will generate projected impacts such as drought, flooding, wind speed and sea level rise.
To access the tool, visit www.grabs-eu.org