The Environment Agency has developed a tool to help staff understand climate risks and address them in our strategies and plans. The Climate impacts tool provides a simple description of potential future challenges. It shows changes to climate and environmental variables for:
- today’s climate - where data are available
- the 2050s (covering the period 2040 to 2069)
- the 2080s (covering the period 2070 to 2099)
The changes to England’s climate shown in the tool are consistent with a 4°C rise in global mean temperature by the end of the century.
This guidance explains to staff how to use the tool in the early stages of creating a strategy or plan - particularly if a work area is vulnerable to climate risks or has a long lifespan.