EQUIP is a three-year consortium project involving nine research organisations and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. We are motivated by the need to equip society for climate change by studying and integrating a range of disciplines. Through our work, and interaction with others, we seek to improve the use of climate models in order to support decision-making.
Despite the unequivocal evidence for climate change, precise predictions of future climate are – and will remain – unattainable, owing to the fundamental chaotic nature of the climate system and to imperfections in our understanding, our climate simulation models and our observations of the climate system. This situation limits our ability to take effective adaptation actions. However, effective adaptation is still possible, particularly if we assess the level of precision associated with predictions, and thus quantify the risk posed by climate change. Such a risk-based approach, when combined with issue-led, rather than discipline-led, collaborations can be a powerful tool for informing decision makers. EQUIP will: