Today saw the publication of the long awaited UK Climate Projections 2009 (UKCP09).
UKCP09 is the fifth time such climate information has been produced for the UK.
Funded by Defra, and based on sound science and projections provided by the Met Office, UKCP09 aims to meet the needs of a wide range of users who want to assess potential impacts of the future climate and explore adaptation options to address those impacts.
This year is the first time probabilistic projections of climate change based on quantification of the known sources of uncertainty have been produced. The projections can be viewed on the UKCP09 website.
The website provides key findings that can be viewed at regional level. Each region has analysis based on low, medium and high emissions scenarios for 2020, 2050 and 2080.
In launching the report Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said:
‘There is no doubt about it – climate change is the biggest challenge facing the world today. Climate change is already happening – the hottest ten years on record globally have all been since 1990. This landmark scientific evidence shows not only that we need to tackle the causes of climate change but also that we must deal with the consequences.
The Projections will allow us to make sure we have a resilient infrastructure to cope – whether it’s the design of school buildings or protection of new power plants, maintaining the supply of drinking water, adjusting ways of farming for drier summers or understanding how our homes and businesses will have to adapt.’