Outputs

Output Lead
University of Huddersfield
Description

Built environment exert considerable influence over their local climate and environment, and coastal populations are already facing a range of climate-related risks such as cyclones, sea level rise and coastal flooding. Therefore, there is an urgent need to translate awareness of climate change impacts into tangible adaptation measures. Before proposing any adaptation measures, it is important to understand the climate change impact on the built environment in coastal regions. There are studies on climate change impacts on the built environment, however, what is lacking is the integration of climate change with disaster resilience and achieving sustainable development, as indicated in the SDGs. Lack of integration is widely cited. 2019 UNISDR Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR/DRR) suggested that the majority of national processes for tackling disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation exist in parallel and have separate policy and institutional frameworks. Disasters and disaster risk are on the rise worldwide and this trend is expected to continue as climate change increases the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. A systemic view of risk needs to bring together climate change and associated disaster risks frameworks due to the interconnected realities of modern world as the presence of risk multipliers in the modern context.

Accordingly, the aim of this output is to carry out a detailed review of climate change impact and associated disaster risks on the coastal built environment. This will be very useful for local actors to understand the current risks and for policy makers to make important policy decisions. The developed framework can be adapted by any coastal city/region to understand the climate change impact on the city’s-built environment.

Output Lead
Lund University
Description

In 2015, three landmark global agendas were adapted by the global community: the Paris Agreement; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 20152030. Given interconnectedness of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction, this outputs focus on the opportunities and constraints associated with pursuing the three global agendas collaboratively within the context of built environment in coastal regions as well as on options to support their further integration. At the moment, there is very little coherence between these three initiatives, including that of in the coastal region, which is the focus of this proposal. Improved coherence of action to implement the three frameworks will definitely save money and time, enhance efficiency, and further enable integrated adaptation action.

Output Lead
University of Moratuwa
Description

In the process of climate change adaptation, the adaptation measures in the built environment during design, construction and retrofitting become the kick-off point since it will dictate the outset of the built environment in future. In addressing this adaptation challenge there is a clear need to change the way in which design, construct, retrofitting, and maintenance is done to accommodate the anticipated changes. In framing the climate adaptation challenge for the built environment, it is most appropriate to align this in line with the SDGs and SFDRR as they demarcate and set out the global standards in addressing the climate change impacts, climate change as a key enabler for disasters, and sustainable development.

Accordingly, O3 will develop a comprehensive framework on the built environment for climate change adaptation in design, construction and retrofitting aligning with SDGs and SFDRR. This framework will be beneficial for built environment professionals, clients, and policy makers in applying integrated and coherent adaptation measures during different phases of construction and retrofitting cycles.

Output Lead
University of Huddersfield
Description
The impact of climate change is particularly pertinent to the built environment given the life expectancy of buildings and the fact that it is essential to adapt the existing built environment, to deal with a climate that may be significantly different from that in which it evolved. Therefore, the built environment professionals, suppliers, contractors, and the other relevant stakeholders have to be well informed and capable enough to address the needs of the climate change adaptation. Thus, it is important to identify the clearly establish the role of the built environment stakeholders in climate change adaptation measures.

Output Lead
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
Description

In light of the increasing focus on climate change adaptation in the built environment at the global scale and national policy level, plans and adaptation strategies at the local level are yet to developed to a comprehensive level. The localised adaptation strategies in the coastal regions will differ depending on the local geographical conditions, weather patterns, biophysical environment and etc. The localising strategies in the coastal built environment need to address the design, construction and retrofitting stages aligning with the potential opportunities and benefits for the coastal communities. Thus, providing recommendation on best practices referring to selected case studies on how to implement local adaptation strategies in the built environment in coastal regions is another expected output.

Output Lead
UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
Description

When the built environment is concerned in the climate change adaptation process in the coastal regions, the built environment professionals have a lead role to play in being well informed and capable enough to handle the adaptation process. In making the built environment professionals equipped with the relevant knowledge, skills, and competencies the kick-off point will be to identify the skill gaps and mismatches. The project intends to develop a report highlighting the existing skill gaps and mismatches in climate change adaptation in the built environment in coastal regions.

Output Lead
University of Colombo
Description
Built environment professionals have to be well informed and capable enough to tackle climate change in coastal regions. Thus, it is important to identify the knowledge, skills, and competencies to tackle climate change in coastal regions. The project intends to develop a trans-disciplinary and innovative research-based learning platform in the built environment to tackle climate change in coastal regions and the proposed competency framework will provide basis for the development of curricular of the proposed learning platform.
Output Lead
UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
Description
Based on the competency framework (O7), which will be developed based on the outcomes of previous outputs (O3, O4, O5 and O6) a trans-disciplinary and innovative research-based learning platform in the built environment will be developed to tackle climate change in coastal regions. Research-based learning (RBL) presents as an alternative learning model that can develop the independent research and critical thinking skills. It facilitates learners to show their interpretation, analysis, evaluation, inference, and explanation abilities. It is intended to develop the platform as a Massive Open On-line Courses (MOOC). The MOOC will directly address the competency requirements identified under O7 with a special emphasis on the knowledge gaps identified under O6 and will have components associated with independent research and critical thinking skills. This is mainly targeted at built environment professionals, built environment students and teachers. Based on the competency framework (O7), course outline and the course structure will be developed, outlining the course objectives, key learning outcomes, syllabus outline, research-based learning and teaching strategies, assessment requirements, and key readings.
Output Lead
University of Huddersfield
Description
The Editors of the SCOPUS indexed International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (www.emeraldinsight.com/ijdrbe.htm), who are also the members of the HUD project team, have provisionally agreed to publish a special themed issue on climate change and coastal built environment. It is expected that the issue will include double blind peer reviewed articles on the results of major studies undertaken by project partners, and by other leading researchers in the field. The journal’s key audiences include researchers and academics; policy makers; students (both undergraduate and postgraduate); industry practitioners; local and national government agencies and community-based organisations.