How will changes in climate affect our lives?
Changes in climate can affect food production, water availability, wildlife and human health. Weather conditions, such as storms, can damage infrastructure like roads, rail networks and buildings.
Rising greenhouse gases are already increasing the risks from some extreme events, such as heat waves and heavy rainfall, and the risks are set to rise further in the future. It is these kind of extreme events that often have the largest impacts. Within NCAS-Climate, scientists are working to improve understanding and prediction of extreme "high impact" events, and their effects.
Under the umbrella of the Walker Institute for Climate System Research researchers from NCAS-Climate at Reading work with scientists studying the impacts of climate change. For example, climate scientists and crops scientists are working together to model the impacts of climate on food crops.
Examples of our research:
- How will crops be affected by climate change?
- Will storms become more intense in a warmer climate?
- How will floods and droughts change in the future?