Environment Agency issues climate guidance for 4°C rise

Guidance for Environment Agency (EA) staff, setting out how best to use a ‘climate impacts tool’ for strategic planning under a 4°C rise in global mean temperatures by 2100, has been published.

The guidance, issued today, has been created to help the regulator better understand climate risks for use at a high strategic level, particularly its work on flooding, water availability and freshwater habitats, the document states. It adds that the guidance is not appropriate for short-term planning or for plans at a detailed, local or site-specific level.

Based on national England-only averages, the EA’s climate projections have used the Met Office’s data from 2009 (UKCP09) rather than its most recent 2018 climate projections (UKCP18) published in November. The EA guidance document states that UKCP09 is “broadly consistent” with UKCP18 although assessments sensitive to sea level rise should refer to the latest sea level projections from UKCP18.

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