Before the flood: protecting London’s future

Grantham Affiliate Dr Ana Mijic examines London’s vulnerability to flooding, and the infrastructure projects safeguarding the city’s future. This month saw the launch of Flood Re, a new UK government-backed scheme intended to lower the cost of insuring homes in high-risk areas against flood . Whilst the scheme will benefit thousands, as always, prevention – in the form of well though-out adaptation plans – is … Continue reading Before the flood: protecting London’s future

COP21: The last chance for Small Island Developing States

Grantham Lecturer Dr Erik van Sebille reports back from the second day of the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris. For a group of countries that represent such a tiny fraction of the world’s population, the Small Island Developing States have stirred up a lot of discussion at COP21 in Paris over the last few days. As some of the first countries to feel the full blown impacts … Continue reading COP21: The last chance for Small Island Developing States

Antarctic glacier

How will Antartica’s ice-sheet contribute to 21st century sea level rise?

by Professor Martin Siegert, Co-director, Grantham Institute On 27th October I convened a meeting at the Royal Society of London to discuss the results of a recent 20-year research horizon scanning exercise for Antarctic Science (Kennicutt et al. 2014). Part of the discussion focused on the research needed to better quantify Antarctica’s likely contribution to sea level rise in the coming decades and beyond, as … Continue reading How will Antartica’s ice-sheet contribute to 21st century sea level rise?