Welcome to Adaptation Scotland

At Adaptation Scotland, we provide advice and support to help Scotland be prepared and resilient to the effects of climate change.

We help public sector, businesses and communities to understand what climate change will mean across Scotland, and identify the best way for them to plan for the impact – taking the opportunities and preparing for the risks.

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Your sector

To get started it can be useful to see how climate change is affecting your sector and what the main drivers are for adaptation.

What is adaptation?

When our climate changes we need to make adjustments. This could be making changes to our buildings so they keep cool during hotter summers or are less at risk of being…

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Why adapt?

Scotland’s climate is already changing. Over the last century temperatures have increased, sea levels have risen and rainfall patterns have changed, with…

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How to adapt

Adaptation is a process of on-going adjustments in response to climate and non-climate drivers. Many adaptation toolkits and guides have been developed…

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Get involved

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    Adaptation Learning Exchange for Organisations

    A programme to support organisations with adaptation planning

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    Engaging with the community on adaptation through cultural practice

    Adaptation Scotland teamed up with Creative Carbon Scotland, Aberdeen City Council, Robert Gordon University and four creative practitioners to deliver a min-arts festival focused on involving communities in the story of our changing climate. This project aimed to explore the benefits of using creative activities to stimulate new discussions on climate change, reach out to new audiences and discover new skills.

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    Capability Framework for a Climate Ready Public Sector

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News & events

  • ​Upkeep of buildings a cornerstone of Edinburgh's adaptation plan

    The hard facts are as cold as the Craigleith stone on the north side of a New Town tenement. It pays to make our buildings resilient now, not later.

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  • Share your experiences of severe weather and climate change in the Highlands

    The Highland Council and Adaptation Scotland have issued a survey asking local communities and businesses to share their experiences about how they…

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  • Adaptation Scotland at the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

    Adaptation Scotland was part of a large Scottish contingent sharing our collaborative, outcomes based approach to adaptation

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