The Cubic Mile project : policy summary and overview

Freeborough, K.; Richardson, T.; Laban, J.; Munday, T.. 2023 The Cubic Mile project : policy summary and overview. British Geological Survey, 12pp. (OR/23/004) (Unpublished)

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The City of London ‘Square Mile’ (Figure 1) is the historic centre of London and the financial and commercial heart of the UK. It is a very high-density urban environment. Specific modelling carried out by the Met Office (UKCP18) for London indicates that overall, winters will be 20% wetter and summers 30% drier, combined with more extreme weather events and sea level rise. Increased rainfall and surface water run-off present a key issue for the City, where the presence of many hard, impermeable surfaces significantly increases the risk of flooding of high-profile commercial premises. The projected increase in temperatures and heatwaves will also lead to overheating and increased mortality for the City’s people and services, which, given its central urban location, is vulnerable to the urban heat island effect. The future resilience of the City to climate change is high on the City of London Corporation’s agenda. The collaborative ‘Cubic Mile’ project with the British Geological Survey under the UK Climate Resilience Programme Embedded Researcher scheme was designed to support the delivery of the City of London’s Climate Action Strategy, by understanding to what extent subsurface space could support climate resilience and adaptation. This policy review forms part of an exercise to determine policy barriers and enablers to urban subsurface climate resilience.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey, City of London
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed.
Date made live: 02 Feb 2023 15:08 +0 (UTC)

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