Tuesday, May 8, 2012


date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 12:16:50 +0100
from: "Stephanie Ferguson" <stephanie.fergusonatXYZxyzip.org.uk>
subject: UKCIP news update
to: "Stephanie Ferguson" <stephanie.fergusonatXYZxyzip.org.uk>

Dear Colleagues

1. UKCIP risk training workshops - last chance to register!

2. UKCIP up and running with climateprediction.net
3. Paull Holme Strays Flood Defence Scheme - officially open
4. Rail Safety & Standards Board publish new report: Safety Implications
of Weather, Climate and Climate Change
5. Nature's Calendar - autumn 2002 data

6. Managing Risk and Liability in a Changing Climate
7. Other conferences
8. Yorkshire and Humber Region to appoint Regional Climate
Change Co-ordinator

9. CEH-Wallingford to appoint Catchment Systems Modeller (including
climate change)
10. UKCIP staff changes
1. UKCIP risk training workshops - last chance to register!

There are still some places left on the UKCIP risk training workshops in
November and December (details below). UKCIP and the Environment Agency's
Environmental Policy Risk and Forecasting team are running the free training
workshops to demonstrate the application of the UKCIP risk framework (see
[1]www.ukcip.org.uk/risk_uncert/risk_uncert.html) and train attendees in its
use. Places are limited, so email UKCIP now to avoid disappointment!

Built environment, 13 November 2003
How can a 1960s office building be modified to provide a comfortable
internal environment over the next 20 years, while minimising energy use?
Town and Country Planning Association, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London
Water resources, 19 November 2003
How should Silver Birches plc (a tree-growing business) adjust its long-term
business strategy to better manage its climate change and water supply risks
over the next 20 years?
Severn Trent Water, 2297 Coventry Road, Birmingham
Biodiversity, 27 November 2003
How should a National Nature Reserve Management Plan be revised to take
account of climate change?
Scottish Executive, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ.
Local authority plans, 4 December 2003
The Local Plan for Council A is due for review and one of those responsible
wants to ensure that when it's revised, it is adapted to take account of
climate change impacts. How should this be done? (This workshop will make
use of an existing local plan in an area that includes flood risks.)
Sustainability North West, Giant's Basin, Potato Wharf, Manchester M15 4AY

2. UKCIP up and running with climateprediction.net
As we reported in the last e-news, climateprediction.net was launched in
September to allow a state-of-the-art climate prediction model to be run as
a background process on home, school and work computers, generating the
world's largest climate prediction experiment. There are currently almost
37,000 registered users (over 11,000 in the UK) and we're pleased to report
that all UKCIP computers are now participating and we've registered as
When the programme is running on your computer, you can monitor progress and
there's a dinky visualisation of 'your' climate model to view. Once
registered, you can also pander to your competitive instinct and view your
personal and group ranking (UKCIP is 34th).
3. Paull Holme Strays Flood Defence Scheme - officially open
Elliot Morley MP officially opened the Environment Agency's innovative Paull
Holme Strays Flood Defence Scheme on 9 October. The project uses managed
realignment to strengthen the flood protection while creating 80 hectares of
new inter-tidal habitat, therefore also meeting the requirements of the
European Habitats Directive. Work on the project began in September 2001 and
two years later the existing defences were breached in two places to allow
the sea in. Thus the process of returning the land to its original habitat
(mudflat and saltmarsh) began. The intention is to allow the site to develop

Visit the Environment Agency website for more information.

4. Rail Safety & Standards Board publish new report: Safety Implications of Weather,
Climate and Climate Change
A new report commissioned by the Rail Safety and Standards Board from AEA
Technology is now available on the RSSB website. The report makes use of
the UKCIP climate change scenarios, to develop risk scenarios for the
railway system. It outlines the relationship between weather and railway
safety, for instance, the number of signals passed at danger (SPADS) due to
weather events. It also identifies future research needs and proposes
adaptation actions for the industry to address climate change risks.
5. Nature's Calendar - autumn 2002 data
The latest issue of Nature's Calendar News, published by the Woodland Trust,
the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the UK Phenology Network, gives an
analysis of events of autumn 2002. Thousands of volunteer recorders have
monitored events such as bird migrations, leaf fall and fruit ripening, and
their observations show that almost all these events occurred earlier in
2002 than in 2001. This seems to fly in the face of the usual message that
autumn is getting later, but the picture is complex and factors such as low
rainfall in September 2002 may play a part. It will be interesting to see
how the data for 2003 compares!
For more information, visit the UK Phenology Network website.
6. Managing Risk and Liability in a Changing Climate
Climate Change Management/Newzeye
3 December 2003, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK

UKCIP Director, Chris West will be addressing this conference, along with
speakers from the Carbon Trust, the Greater London Assembly and academics
from the Oxford University, Middlesex University and University College
London. Topics to be covered include: flood management, implications for
planning and regeneration, climate change and the construction industry,
climatic monitoring and prediction, climate change - obligations and
liabilities and transport trends and policies.
For further details visit [2]www.climatecm.com/conferences or contact Selena
Hannagan, tel + 44 (0)20 8969 1008 or email [3]selenahannagan@newzeye.com.
7. Other conferences

Delivering climate technology - programmes, policies and politics
Royal Institute of International Affairs/Carbon Trust
4-5 November 2003, Chatham House, London, UK
Sessions include: technology strategies for a carbon-constrained world,
de-carbonising utilities, fossil fuel transitions, delivering climate
technology - the next phase.
For full details visit the conference website.
Climate Change: What needs to be done in North and South?
17-20 November 2003, Wilton Park, West Sussex, UK
What next for the Kyoto process? Can the US and major greenhouse gas
emitters among transition and developing nations be drawn in? What role for
alternative energy? How can we help entire societies soften the impacts
through adaptation strategies?
For more information, visit the Wilton Park website.

8. Yorkshire and Humber Region to appoint Regional Climate Change
The Government Office for Yorkshire and Humber region will shortly be
advertising for a part-time Regional Climate Change Co-ordinator to carry
forward the region's climate change agenda.
The position is a two-year fixed term, part-time post (18.5 hours per week).
The salary band for the position is Grade 7 (�35-�47k per annum, pro rata)
and the position is based in the Government Office for Yorkshire & Humber in
central Leeds.
For further details on this position or to discuss the post, please contact
Les Saunders - phone 0113 283 5372 or email

9. CEH-Wallingford to appoint Catchment Systems Modeller (including climate change)
The Risk Analysis and Trends Section within the Hydrological Risks &
Resources Division at CEH-Wallingford are looking for a Catchment Systems
Modeller to undertake research covering a number of different aspects of
hydrological modelling, including climate change. Applicants should have a
good honours degree and a relevant post-graduate qualification or at least
three years' experience in research. Further details available from the
Personnel Section, CEH Wallingford, Maclean Building, Crowmarsh Gifford,
Wallingford Oxon OX10 8BB. Tel 01491 838800, email [5]wlreception@ceh.ac.uk,
quoting reference 10/03. Closing date - Friday 31st October 2003.
10. UKCIP staff changes
Later this month we say goodbye to Sally Jeffery, who has been UKCIP's
Administrator since May 2002. Sally has been at the heart of creating the
efficient structures that keep the UKCIP office running smoothly. Everyone
at UKCIP would like to say a big 'thank you' for her contribution to our
progress and to wish her all the best for the future.
Best wishes
Chris West
Director, UKCIP

Based at the University of Oxford and funded by DEFRA, UKCIP helps organisations assess how
they will be affected by climate change, so they can prepare for its impacts.

Stephanie Ferguson
Administrative Assistant

UK Climate Impacts Programme
Union House, 12-16 St Michael's Street, Oxford OX1 2DU

Tel: 01865 431254 Fax: 01865 432077
email: [6]stephanie.ferguson@ukcip.org.uk [7]www.ukcip.org.uk

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