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Collaboratory for Urban Resilience and Energy

Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in the Urban Environment (ASCCUE)

The ASCCUE project aimed to further our understanding of the impacts of climate change on towns and cities through three 'exposure units' of human comfort, urban greenspace and the built environment.

Importantly the project also looked beyond an assessment of impacts, using concepts of risk (risk being a function of hazard, exposure and vulnerability) to provide enhanced information to underpin the development of conurbation and neighbourhood scale adaptation strategies.

A risk assessment methodology was developed (Lindley et al 2006) using a set of urban morphology units as its spatial framework. Other findings from the work have been written up in special edition of the Journal of Built Environment (Lindley et al 2007) and Municipal Engineer (G William et al 2006 and McEvoy et al 2006).

Skyline of Manchester with building works going on

The work was carried out in two contrasting case study locations, a representative conurbation (Greater Manchester) and an extreme case ( Lewes , Sussex ). ASCCUE was part of the £3.2 million EPSRC Building Knowledge for a Changing Climate (BKCC), a consortium now being continued through network and workshop activities associated with Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate (SKCC).

The ASCCUE project has led to further work through the EPSRC SCORCHIO project and smaller studies such as for the Manchester Geographical Society. A GDI masters student, Elizabeth Peet, also contributed work on the ASCCUE project, together with several Planning masters students.


Downloadable documents

The following documents have not been refereed, and are for information and discussion purposes only.

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Other project publications

  • Duckworth, C. (2005). Assessment of urban creep rates for house types in Keighley and the capacity for future urban creep. MA thesis, University of Manchester.
  • Fedeski, M.H. and Gwilliam, J.A. (in press). Urban sustainability in the presence of flood and geological hazards: the development of a GIS-based vulnerability and risk assessment methodology. Planning and Landscape Journal.
  • Gill, S., Handley, J., Ennos, R. and Pauleit, S. (in press). Adapting cities for climate change: the role of the green infrastructure. Built Environment. 30(1), 97-115.
  • J. Gwilliam, M. Fedeski, N. Theuray, S. Lindley and J. Handley (2006) Methods for assessing risk from climate hazards in urban areas Municipal Engineer, 2006, 159, No. 4.
  • Handley, J., Gill, S. and Lindley, S. (in press). Know your city – urban characterisation as a foundation for climate change adaptation. Urban Design, 102.
  • Lindley, S. J., J. F. Handley, D. McEvoy, E. Peet and N. Theuray (in press for 2007) The role of spatial risk assessment in the context of planning for adaptation in UK urban areas. Journal of Built Environment vol 33 

Duration, funding and collaborator information

Project duration:



Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Grant Ref GR/S19233/01

CURE staff:


  • The University of Manchester
  • University of Cardiff
  • University of Southampton
  • Oxford Brooks University


  • Town and Country Planning Association
  • Building Research Establishment
  • ARUP
  • Environment Agency
  • Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • ABI
  • South East and North West climate groups
  • Ciria
  • Institute of Public Health
  • Cabe Space
  • English Partnerships