Kent Local Climate Impacts Profile (LCLIP)
Topic of the practice
A summary assessment of local climate impacts
Good Practice Information
The Kent Local Climate Impacts Profile (LCLIP) incorporated an assessment of how severe weather events have impacted Kent between 1997 and 200. The profiles underpinned the development of the Kent Climate Change Network, a network of local authority officers leading on climate change across Kent. It developed key headline messages to communicate to stakeholders, which led to senior management buy-in for the development of the Kent Adaptation Action Plan (a plan to build the county’s resilience to climate change). The main drivers of the project were: cost and resource-efficiency savings, better use of public sector resources, reduced risk, economic advantage, and health side-benefits. Key success factors are strong partnership, an inclusive development process, and willingness to do things differently.
Evidence of success
The development process of the profiles highlighted a gap in how Kent is currently monitoring impacts from severe weather events, leading to the development of an innovative new tool, the Severe Weather Impacts Monitoring System (SWIMS). SWIMS is a decision-support and engagement tool to help Kent partners collect a robust evidence base of how they are currently impacted by and responding to severe weather, and to support long-term planning for climate change.
The UK Climate Projections 2009 were released. It contains the best available data to date on climate change impacts and associated services. Results have been integrated into the KentView mapping system. These maps may help to identify what the future climate projections mean for Kent and provide a support tool for raising awareness across the county
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Dr. Sarah Anderson Climate Change Programme Manager
Sustainability & Climate Change Invicta House, County Hall Maidstone