Climate Ready Places

What would a climate ready Scotland look like?


An adapting city

Scotland has seen a significant change in its climate over the last 50 years - on average our weather has become warmer and wetter and we have seen more extreme events.  This trend is set to continue with impacts felt across all parts of society. 

The amount of information on climate change risks and potential adaptation measures in Scotland is increasing – at the national level, within sectors, and for specific locations. However, it can be difficult to access the breadth of information and consider it in an integrated (cross-sectoral) way.

Explore Climate Ready Places Online

The Climate Ready Places resource takes six typical Scottish 'places' and identifies: 

  • the key climate change impacts and risks identified for Scotland; and
  • the adaptation measures that could contribute to a climate ready (adapting) place.

The visuals will be used to introduce adaptation to a broad audience – providing visual representation of climate impacts and a shared vision of ‘climate ready places’. They will be used to engage with specific audiences (e.g. planners or communities) to identify what they could contribute to achieving a ‘climate ready place’. 

The adaptation ideas were gathered at a dynamic workshop that brought together people working on adaptation across Scotland and from many different sectors.  The images used in the tool were drawn by professional illustrators as participants described the characteristics of each place, how climate impacts them, and how our adaptation responses would change that location.Adapting uplands

The resource can be used by anyone with an interest in exploring adaptation ideas, from planning professionals to school children, community groups to corporate business.  

It is worth remembering that this resource is a collection of ideas – it is not descriptive, it is not a plan.  There will be many more ways to get your own place climate ready.

See a short film about how we developed the visuals here

Downloadable Resources

The Climate Ready Places pictures and the expert information behind them are now available as downloadable resources for you to print off and use to start an adaptation conversation of your own. 

Below you will find A3 printable versions of all six of our typical Scottish 'places', showing them as both unadapted and adapting areas. There are also Information Sheets for each of the six places, explaining the changes that have been made. 

Printing note: To get the best out of these resources, we recommend printing the A3 posters single-sided. This allows them to be set down side by side, making it easier to see what has changed.

Case study using Climate Ready Places with PASRead a case study about how we used the visuals in a workshop with PAS volunteers Download Introduction Sheet for Climate Ready PlacesAn introduction to the Climate Ready Places downloadable resources Download CRP Poster 1: The CityA3 Climate Ready Places printable posters for The City Download CRP Info sheet 1: The CityClimate Ready Places printable information sheet for The City Download CRP Poster 2: The SuburbsA3 Climate Ready Places printable posters for The Suburbs Download CRP Info sheet 2: The SuburbsClimate Ready Places printable information sheet for The Suburbs Download CRP Poster 3: The Industrial PlaceA3 Climate Ready Places printable posters for The Industrial Place Download CRP Info sheet 3: The Industrial PlaceClimate Ready Places printable information sheet for The Industrial Place Download CRP Poster 4: The CoastA3 Climate Ready Places printable posters for The Coast Download CRP Info sheet 4: The CoastClimate Ready Places printable information sheet for The Coast Download CRP Poster 5: The LowlandsA3 Climate Ready Places printable posters for The Lowlands Download CRP Info sheet 5: The LowlandsClimate Ready Places printable information sheet for The Lowlands Download CRP Poster 6: The UplandsA3 Climate Ready Places printable posters for The Uplands Download CRP Info sheet 6: The UplandsClimate Ready Places printable information sheet for The Uplands Download CRP Posters: Full SetA full set of the Climate Ready Places A3 Posters, showing all six areas in both unadapted and adapting states Download