The Impacts of Climate Change on Southend
In 2010 we carried out a Local Climate Impacts Profile ('LCLIP') to find out the effects that climate change could have throughout Southend.
The LCLIP found that the Borough is likely to be affected by having:
warmer and wetter winters
hotter and drier summers
an increased risk of coastal erosion
more severe weather, such as coastal flooding and flash floods.
This helped us to identify 5 priority actions to reduce the most serious threats to the Borough:
Taking a strategic approach to land use planning
by making sure that new buildings are built in areas where flood risk is reduced
by managing the pressures on land (urban, natural and agricultural) in face of the changing climate
by enhancing green space in towns to help surface water drainage and to cope with rising temperatures.
Providing local infrastructure (energy, water, transport, waste and communications)
and make sure that this can cope with rising temperatures
make sure that this is resilient against extreme weather, such as storms, floods or droughts
make sure that it takes into account changing demand for energy, water use, travel and consumption.
Designing and renovating buildings
and ensure that they can cope with rising temperatures and floods
reduce water use through choosing the right construction materials and better design.
Managing natural resources sustainably
by using water more efficiently
by helping other species adapt and move as the climate changes
by making space for water along rivers and the coast.
Effective emergency planning
through making better use of weather forecasts to better prepare for extreme weather
by creating plans that reduce the impact on and to continually care for the most vulnerable groups in society during heat-waves and floods
by developing business plans based on high-quality climate risk information, so businesses can cope better with disruptions to their supply chains and damage to their assets.
Page last updated: 20/04/2017