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This page will help you decide whether UKCP09 is right for you, and where to find the information that will help you the most. Click on the headings to jump to the information that is relevant to your needs.

Getting started

1) I am looking for weather forecasts or warnings for my area

2) I want to get a simple overview of how the climate may change in my area

3) I want to raise awareness of climate change

4) I want to find information on climate change in the marine environment

Understanding climate risk

5) I want to better understand my organisation's exposure to climate risk

6) I want to make the case to others in my organisation of the importance of climate change adaptation

7) I want to conduct a high-level assessment of climate risk

Detailed climate projections and climate adaptation strategies

8) I want detailed information about how the UK climate might change in the future

9) I want to conduct a detailed, quantitative climate impacts or risk assessment

10) I want to develop a climate change adaptation strategy

What are others doing with UKCP09?

11) I want to see examples of how others have used the climate projections

1 Weather forecasts and warnings

If you are looking for national or regional weather forecasts or warnings to help you with decisions that rely on short-term weather predictions please visit the Met Office website

2 A simple overview of climate change for the UK and its regions

The maps and key findings selector presents maps of future climate changes in UK administrative regions and river basins and for the UK as a whole on a 25km grid.

If you are particularly interested in information for Scotland, you might find the Scottish Climate Projections app useful. It provides quick access to UKCP09 data relevant to the Scottish Environment.

3 Raising awareness of climate change

The maps and key findings section of the UKCP09 site provides useful pre-prepared maps, graphs and key findings for future temperature and precipitation changes in the UK. These include 'maps for presentations' that can be used to help raise awareness of the impacts of climate change for the UK and its regions.

4 Marine climate change

UKCP09 provides probabilistic projections of atmospheric variables over marine areas. There is also a distinct set of marine projections which describe changes in marine variables, such as mean and extreme sea level rise, sea temperature, salinity, wave height and circulation patterns.

Maps of changes in atmospheric variables over marine areas are presented in the maps and key findings selector. Information on changes in the marine environment can be found in the Marine and coastal projections report. Selected images from this report are also available in the marine and coastal projections images links.

Additional information on changes in the marine environment is available from the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership.

5 Understanding current exposure to climate risk

In order to understand the exposure of your organisation to the risk of climate change, it is helpful to first understand the current exposure of your organisation to climate risks.

Looking back and assessing how past climatic events have affected your organisation's operations (whether directly or through indirect impacts, such as disruption to supply chains) is a good place to start.

The UKCP09 Observed Trends report provides information on climate trends for the UK from 1960-2006 to help you do this. Observed trends data to 2011 is available from the Met Office.

6 Making the case for climate change adaptation

If you are concerned that climate change could present risks to your organisation and you want to make an effective case for considering the issue in more detail, it could be helpful to understand the current exposure of your organisation to recent climate risks. The UKCP09 Observed Trends report can help you to do this. This report provides information on climate trends for the UK from 1960-2006.

You may also find the pre-prepared graphs, maps and headline messages in the maps and key findings section helpful. They will help you show how temperature and rainfall in the UK will change over the coming decades.

For advice on how to make the business case for adaptation see the Climate Change Adaptation Business Case Guidance from IEMA.

If you are particularly interested in the built environment you can find more tailored advice in this document from the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network (MBEKTN) Climate Change Adaptation group, produced in collaboration with Climate Ready.

7 Conducting a high-level assessment of climate risk

Climate change projection information to help you conduct a high-level risk assessment is available in the UKCP09 Briefing report. This provides summary information about both future climate projections and historic observed climate data for the UK.

Additionally use the maps and key findings pages of the UKCP09 to find useful, pre-prepared graphs, maps and headline messages for temperature and precipitation changes in the UK.

8 Detailed information on UK climate change

For detailed climate change projection information for the UK see the Climate Change Projections Report and the Marine and Coastal Projections report. These are available in the reports and guidance section of the site. Further detailed information is available from the  UKCP09 User Interface .

9 Conducting a detailed, quantitative climate impacts or risk assessment

If you are undertaking a detailed impact or risk assessment and need quantitative data to support your study then you should access the UKCP09 User Interface .

The user interface allows you to set your own data parameters and access custom maps, graphs, charts and raw climate projection data.

10 Developing a climate adaptation strategy

The data presented in the UKCP09 Change Projections Report and the Marine and Coastal Projections Report, and customised climate projections available from the  UKCP09 User Interface will be useful resources for developing a comprehensive strategy.

Climate Ready has developed a number of resources that organisations can use with UKCP09 to develop an adaptation strategy to increase resilience to a changing climate. Climate Ready's 5-stage adaptation planning framework, the Adaptation Wizard , and complementary resources are available from ClimateUK. You may also like to review the UK government guidance on climate adaptation.

If you are a business continuity professional looking for help on how to manage severe weather risks as part of an existing business continuity management system, see this practical guide from the BSI and Climate Ready.

11 - Examples of how others have used the climate projections

It may be helpful to see how other organisations and businesses have used UKCP09 data. These examples can be found on the case studies pages.

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