One of the highlights of the conference was the Climate Ready Scotland exhibition of inspirational case studies coming out of Scotland’s pioneering partnership approach to climate change adaptation. Research across the natural and built environment, infrastructure and health and well-being is contributing to a well-established adaptation research base in Scotland. The exhibition showcased examples on how this partnership is delivering across Scotland’s economy, society and environment.
HES was featured in several of the case studies, including Edinburgh Adapts
and Dynamic Coast: National Coastal Change Assessment
. Sustainability Officer Katie Carter and Climate Change Scientist David Harkin were on hand throughout to chat to delegates about how the historic environment can contribute to climate change adaptation in Scotland.
Climate Change Manager Mairi Davies, Head of Technical Research and Science Ewan Hyslop, and Senior Technical Officer Carsten Hermann ran a conference session on “Understanding, Analysing and Adapting to Climate Change Impacts on the Historic Environment.” This featured presenters from Scotland, England and Norway. One speaker from the session, Pat Graczyk of Edinburgh World Heritage (EWH)
, was among four shortlisted for the ECCA 2017 Best Young Presenter Award.
Mairi Davies also co-authored “Can Scotland deliver coastal adaptation into the 21st century?”, delivered by Prof Jim Hansom of Glasgow University in a session on “Living with coastal change: risk, resilience, adaptation and working with nature”.
To round off an exciting week, the team led two of the conference excursions, one in partnership with EWH to highlight climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation in Edinburgh’s Old Town and one to The Engine Shed
and Stirling Castle