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How to effectively communicate flood risk and climate change projections?

Loch Awe

This project brings together a wider range of stakeholder organisations that share a common interest regarding how to effectively communicate flood risk and related climate change projections to a wide range of audiences. With flood risk expected to rise due to climate change, it is crucial that flood risk and the associate uncertainties are communicated effectively to different audiences, including those that may not currently think that they are living in a potential flood risk area.

This project was originally requested by SEPA, and the project steering group includes: Scottish Flood Forum, NatureScot, SCOTS, ClimateXChange (CXC), Scottish Water, and the Scottish Government. The project is funded and managed by CREW, and is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) led by Fiona Henderson (PI). Outputs are expected to be published in late October 2021.


Project Objectives

The research questions include:

What is the public’s understanding of flood risk, flood likelihood/probability, flood risk in relation to climate change and climate change projections, and uncertainty in relation to flood risk and climate change? Which tools and methodologies exist which can support SEPA’s communication of current and future flood risk through the new Flood Risk Management strategies to be published in December 2021? How can they help to address the gaps identified in public understanding? How can flood risk and related climate change predictions be communicated more effectively in the second round of FRM strategies to be published in December 2021? What strategy can be adopted to develop a good understanding, amongst the public and partners, of what ‘managed adaptation’ means and looks like in practice?