SKCC/BKCC – Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate / Building Knowledge for a Changing Climate

Background and Goals

The initiative “Building Knowledge for a Changing Climate” (BKCC) comprises a portfolio of projects to study the requirements for adapting UK buildings and infrastructure to a changing climate. BKCC is a partnership between the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP). BKCC includes the following projects:

- ASCCUE: Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in the Urban Environment.

- AUDACIOUS: Adaptable Urban Drainage - Addressing Change in Intensity, Occurrence and Uncertainty of Stormwater.

- BESEECH: Building Economic and Social information for Examining the Effects of Climate CHange

- BETWIXT: Built EnvironmenT: Weather scenarios for investigation of Impacts and eXTremes

- BIONICS: BIOlogical and eNgineering Impacts of Climate change on Slopes

- CRANIUM: Climate change Risk Assessment: New Impact and Uncertainty Methods.

- Engineering Historic Futures (EHF): Adaptation of Historic Environments to Moisture-Related Climate Change.

- GENESIS: A Generic Process for Assessing Climate Change Impacts on the Electricity Supply Industry and utilitieS

- Impact of Climate Change on UK Air Transport.

The project “Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate” (SKCC) is used for the distribution and publication of the research results from BKCC. In the first phase (2004-2005), the BKCC results were summarised and distributed in the form of a synthesis paper. In addition, various position papers were developed on over-arching themes for which knowledge gaps were identified. The second phase (2005-2006) served as preparation for the new EPSRC research programme on climate impacts and adaptation. Research priorities were determined through participatory stakeholder workshops.

Content time


Research area/region

  • Great Britain

Steps in the process of adaptation to climate change

Step 1: Understand and describe climate change

Approach and results 

Varied according to sub-project

Step 2a: Identify and assess risks - climate effects and impact

Approach and results 

Varied according to sub-project

Step 3: Develop and compare measures

Measures and/or strategies 

The aim is to better inform stakeholders about successful adaptations to the impacts of climate change.

One result is that there is a large demand for the development of integrated case studies that can show how probabilistic climate projections can be used to support future planning. These case studies should encompass all relevant methods of data acquisition, management and evaluation in order to serve as a guideline that can be easily adopted by potential users.


Funding / Financing 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP)

Project management 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP)


University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civil Engineering and Geosciences
University of Manchester
University of East Anglia
University College London
Construction Industry Council
Scottish Executive
Association of British Insurers


UK Climate Impacts ProgrammeOUCE/University of Oxford
Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
OX1 3QY Oxford

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Fields of action:
 building sector  energy sector  spatial, regional and urban land use planning  transport, transport infrastructure  water regime, water management