Climate change impacts and adaptation
The IPCC Working Group II report covers the impacts of, and adaptation to, climate change.
Explore the topics below for information on the potential water- and food-related, economic, ecological and health impacts of climate change and details of current research taking place at Imperial.
Changing rainfall patterns and intensity are combining with human influence to reduce water availability in India and increase flood risk in some urban areas around the world. Melting mountain glaciers are reducing water availability in parts of the Andes in South America. Read more here
As well as the risks from storm surge and coastal flooding, sea level rise is also adding to the problem of salt water intrusion into drinking water supplies. Our researchers are looking at this problem in coastal Bangladesh, where it contributes to high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia. Read more on sea level rise
Around the world there is a general move towards rain falling in shorter, heavier bursts. In addition, UK weather is dominated by the jet stream and associated storm-track over the Atlantic, but we cannot yet say if this is changing due to increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Read more on UK impacts
We live in an increasingly globalised world, and many countries including the UK import a significant proportion of the goods they consume. Countries cannot think about climate-related risks purely in terms of direct impacts, but must also consider their indirect exposure: effects from climate change impacts in the rest of the world. Read more on supply chains