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Climate change impacts on the UK

Geoscientific perspectives on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Event on 12/10/2021
An aerial view of the city of London
Geoscience has a crucial role to play in managing the impacts and effect of climate change. Source: iStock.

Climate change impacts on the UK: geoscientific perspectives on mitigation and adaptation

The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) will be hosted in Glasgow in November 2021. The aim is clear: to reach net zero by 2050, ensuring that the amount of carbon we add to the atmosphere is no more than the amount we remove. 

Protecting communities and natural habitats through adaptation is one of the four primary goals of COP26. Geoscience has a crucial role to play in managing the impacts and effects of climate change, from managing groundwater resources to creating sustainable urban spaces and mitigating environmental hazards. At BGS, scientists have been harnessing long-term data and modelling the anticipated impacts of climate change in the UK to the year 2100.

As we count down to COP26, join leading BGS geoscientists for a special lecture where we will discuss key findings from our modelling projections and showcase our latest research aimed at adaptation and mitigation measures in the UK:

  • anticipated impacts of climate change in the UK to the year 2100
  • regional controls on historical and future groundwater drought severity
  • mitigating the increasing threat posed by shallow geohazards, such as landslides and clay shrink–swell
  • adaption through the sustainable use of urban subsurface spaces
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