Sustainability Research Institute

Current Projects

This is part of the CSSP China project in partnership with the UK Met Office and supported by the BEIS Newton Fund. 

The objective of this project is to improve the treatment and communication of uncertainty for climate services in China. Combining expertise in risk communication, environmental risk assessment, climate risk management, climate visualisation, and statistical treatments of uncertainty in climate models, our team will work with programme partners in the Met Office Chinese Meteorological Administration and other CSSP China Projects.

The project will build connections between UK and Chinese scientists to identify the most important sources of uncertainty and the key challenges to providers and users of climate services in the Chinese context. This project will then develop recommendations and supporting materials to address the identified barriers. 

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EUPORIAS is a four-year collaborative project funded by the European commission under the seventh framework programme. EUPORIAS commenced on 1 November 2012. The Euporias consortium is made up of 24 partners from across Europe and brings together a wide set of expertise from academia, the private sector and the national met services.

This project intends to improve our ability to maximise the societal benefit of these new technologies. Working in close relation with a number of European stakeholders this project want to develop a few fully working prototypes of climate services addressing the need of specific users.

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New studies being conducted by CCCEP researchers in Leeds seek to examine and ultimately improve the co-production of climate knowledge.

The project, conducted by Dr Meaghan Daly and led by Prof Suraje Dessai, compares Regional Climate Outlook Forums in South Asia, southern Africa and the Mediterranean, looking at the way national, regional and international climate experts come together to develop consensus-based regional climate forecasts. It seeks to discover whether co-production takes different forms in different regions, and what can be learned from any similarities and differences.

Further research will follow in 2018, examining case studies from newly-formed National Climate Outlook Forums. It is hoped the project will provide valuable insights for those involved in working with RCOFs across the globe.

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An investigation of water resource planning under uncertainty in the Cauvery River Basin in Karnataka: Uncertainty about the regional impacts of climate change and rapidly changing socio-economic conditions make long-term planning of water resources problematic. Robust Decision Making (RDM) approaches seek to identify strategies that work reasonably well across large ranges of uncertain future conditions. This research project will use the RDM approach to study water resource planning under uncertainty in the Cauvery River Basin in Karnataka (CRB-K), in southern India.

The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and conducted at the London School of Economics and University of Leeds through the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy in collaboration with institutions in India.

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The UMFULA project is part of the Future Climate For Africa programme funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). UMFULA (‘river’ in Zulu) will provide new insights and more reliable information about climate processes and extremes in Central and Southern Africa. UMFULA will partner with agencies and universities in Tanzania and Malawi to link the information to development decisions with long-term consequences. The University of Leeds will host two post-doctoral researchers as part of this project.

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The EU Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) provides free climate information to help society and business sectors improve their planning and decision-making for climate adaptation and mitigation. The SECTEUR project will focus on advancing C3S's understanding of market needs.

SECTEUR brings together 11 organisations across 6 European countries to engage directly with end-users to analyse their requirements, identify gaps and deliver recommendations on future needs to support better decision-making.  The sectors covered by this project are: Agriculture & Forestry, Coastal areas, Health, Infrastructure, Insurance and Tourism

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QA4Seas (Quality Assurance for Multi-model Seasonal Forecast Products) aims at developing a strategy for the evaluation and quality control of the multi-model seasonal forecasts provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) to respond to the needs identified among a wide range of stakeholders. The quality assessment will be user driven and will put at work the best expertise available on the evaluation of the multi-faceted quality aspects of state-of-the-art seasonal forecast systems.

The project will run from July 2016 to September 2018, and is funded by ECMWF as part of the Copernicus programme.



Suraje Dessai is on the expert panel for network 'BRIM – Building Resilience Into risk Management'. The network brings together academics, engineers and policy makers to develop a shared, multi-disciplinary vision of how to build resilience into networked risk management for highly complex engineered systems. 

This network is led by Dr Guangtao Fu at the University of Exeter, and supported by Professor Roy Kalawsky at Loughborough University and Dr Monica Rivas Casado at Cranfield University. The network is funded through a EPSRC grant as part of the Engineering Grand Challenge programme, and a number of industrial partners.

The project will run until Nov 2018. Further information is available on their website




The projects under this link have now been completed or the Climate Change Adaptation Group's role has come to an end.

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