Research project

Supporting Scotland's climate change adaptation policy

Recent Research Projects Supporting Scotland's climate change adaptation policy In a changing climate, issues of flooding and water resource quality and quantity are becoming increasingly critical. We supported the Scottish Government to develop research-led policy and the monitoring and evaluation framework for climate change adaptation in Scotland.

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Start date

January 2011

Completion date

January 2020




Scotland, with many countries worldwide, must adapt to changing water resources and flooding under a changing climate. Our researchers supported the development of policy and key indicators for monitoring adaption to climate change in Scotland. We:

  • Reviewed and compared international climate adaptation strategies to guide the development of the first Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SCCAP).
  • Developed the indicators used to assess Scotland’s adaptation responses to climate change, including critical issues of flooding and water resource quality and quantity.
  • Made recommendations to the Scottish Government to improve the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of climate change adaptation.
  • Developed a M&E framework for the second SCCAP and supported its implementation.


Project lead(s)

Professor John Rowan

External team members

ClimateXChange (Scotland’s centre of expertise on climate change)

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The John Hutton Institute

Forest Research

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)