SNACC is funded by EPSRC, under the Living with Environmental Change Programme (LWEC) and is part of the Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARCC) Coordination Network.
The SNACC Project seeks to answer the question: How can existing suburban neighbourhoods be best adapted to reduce further impacts of climate change and withstand ongoing changes? The research focuses on adaptations to the built environment, through changes to individual homes and larger neighbourhood scale adaptations (urban re-design). SNACC focuses on suburbs because they are the most common type of urban area in the UK, housing 84% of the population. The project will identify successful adaptation and mitigation measures: these are classed as those that perform well technically (i.e. they protect people and property from climate change impacts and mitigate against further climate change) but are also those that are the most practical and acceptable for those who have to make them happen.
The project uses 6 neighbourhoods from 3 cities as case studies (Bristol, Oxford and Stockport). In these areas, key agents of change (e.g. home owners, elected members and planners) will help to determine successful adaptations. The project team will use modelling (of climate change, house prices and adaptation outcomes), tools that allow the participants to visualise what ‘adapted’ neighbourhoods will look like, and deliberative methods from social sciences, to generate a portfolio of adaptation strategies that are feasible, and fully endorsed by stakeholders. The research design, methods and range of collaborators reflect both the technical and socio-economic aspects of adaptation. The findings will be communicated to a wide network of policy, practice, public and academic beneficiaries. The outcomes will contribute, practically, to securing a sustainable future for the UK’s suburbs in the face of climate change.