Climate Ready Places
What would a climate ready Scotland look like?
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.
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.
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
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.