Adapting to climate change

From wetter weather to warmer temperatures, our climate is changing and bringing considerable new challenges for the city. This means Aberdeen will need to get ready, adjusting to the impacts and making the most of new opportunities.

We worked with the University of Aberdeen, Adaptation Scotland and local organisations to develop Aberdeen Adapts, a city-wide climate adaptation framework.

Aberdeen Adapts was approved in 2019. The Framework aims to increase awareness of the climate challenges and opportunities facing Aberdeen, setting the foundations for long term local partnership working on climate change.

Why adapt to climate change?

Climate change is expected to bring more frequent and severe weather events. Taking action to prepare for and respond to this change is called adaptation. It can help to protect Aberdeen’s places, people and economy.

Collaborative approach

Collaboration is crucial to Aberdeen Adapts. 41 local organisations have participated in 5 stakeholder workshops. These:

  • Looked at the impacts of climate change for Aberdeen.
  • Collected ideas for vision and strategy.
  • Shared information about actions that are already underway or are planned to support adaptation.
  • Examined opportunities for increasing resilience.

To take on board the views of young people, six Climate Ready Places workshops took place at three city schools. We have also carried out stakeholder surveys and explored new ways of engaging people in climate change.

Students on the MSc course in Environmental Partnership Management at the University of Aberdeen helped support this work, gathering background information to inform Aberdeen Adapts and looking at community resilience.

Contact details

For more information or if you would like to get involved with Aberdeen Adapts please email

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