UKCP18 briefing report

In November 2018 the UK Meteorological Office released the UK Climate Projections 2018 (UKCP18). These use cutting-edge climate science to provide updated observations and climate change projections out to 2100 in the UK and globally.

A look into climate change and flooding.
A look into climate change and flooding.

Projections are made covering a broad range of aspects of climate change integral to the role of Civil Engineers, including future precipitation, temperature and sea level rise, all impacting on aspects such as flooding, drainage or building design, transportation, water supply, energy or coastal management and the natural environment, reinforcing the need to view such issues in a comprehensive manner, working with communities and other professionals in facing up to unprecedented change.

UKCP18 prompts a new way of thinking, building upon and updating the UK Climate Projections 2009 (UKCP09), which have been widely used in civil engineering design over the last decade. This ICE note summarises the key features of UKCP2018 and highlights its importance for future civil engineering practice.

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