Decision Pathways

Effective Decision Making for the Uncertain Future Climate

Country: UK with global links

Climate Sense expert staff have hands on experience of developing new techniques to enable today’s decisions to strengthen resilience to the changing yet uncertain climate future. One example is the “decision pathways” approach. Tim Reeder was at the centre of the Environment Agency’s successful Thames Estuary Plan, which lays out the future of flood risk management in the Thames Estuary to 2100 and beyond. This recognises that sea level rise could accelerate faster than expected and maps out how significant thresholds can be tackled. Decision pathways analysis lays out what needs to be done and when actions may need to be brought forward or put back to cope with uncertain future change. This principle has been used by the Dutch in their Delta Programme; which sets out how the Netherlands will tackle sea level rise and long term water planning; and is being used in other fields such as urban planning in London and New York. Climate Sense experts have a long history in promoting and developing these techniques and can bring that to bear for the benefit of its clients.

Long term flood resilience plans for the Thames Estuary and London developed, based on optimal use of resources and investment. Climate Sense experts have facilitated the Thames Estuary 2100 plan and helped with longer term plans for London, New York, Jakarta, Holland.

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