Project ICAD


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 284369





Project ICAD Publications

The ICAD team produces a variety of publications and they are posted below as they become available. In addition:

Our Working Papers are intended to stimulate discussion. They have been reviewed by at least one internal  referee before publication.

Our Policy Notes & Papers are aimed at a decision-makers in the public, private and third sectors, based on ICAD research.


Susanne Lorenz, Suraje Dessai, Piers M. Forster, and Jouni Paavola (2016) Adaptation planning and the use of climate change projections in local government in England and Germany. Reg Environ Change. doi:10.1007/s10113-016-1030-3

Alana Smith, James J. Porter, and Paul Upham (2016): "We cannot let this happen again”: reversing UK flood policy in response to the Somerset Levels floods, 2014. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Doi: 10.1080/09640568.2016.1157458

James J. Porter, David Demeritt, Suraje Dessai (2015) The right stuff? informing adaptation to climate change in British Local Government. Global Environmental Change, 35, 411–422. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.10.004

Susanne Lorenz, Suraje Dessai, Piers M. Forster, and Jouni Paavola (2015) Tailoring the visual communication of climate projections for local adaptation practitioners in Germany and the UK. Phil. Trans. R. Soc., 373, 20140457. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2014.0457

James J. Porter, Suraje Dessai, and Emma L. Tompkins (2014) What do we know about UK household adaptation to climate change? A systematic review. Climatic Change September 2014. doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1252-7

Catherine Vaughan and Suraje Dessai (2014) Climate services for society: origins, institutional arrangements, and design elements for an evaluation framework. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change Online DOI: 10.1002/wcc.290

James Porter (2014) Letters: Learning to Live with Flooding. London Evening Standard, 11th February 2014.

R. H. Moss, G. A. Meehl, M. C. Lemos, J. B. Smith, J. R. Arnold, J. C. Arnott, D. Behar, G. P. Brasseur, S. B. Broomell, A. J. Busalacchi, S. Dessai, K. L. Ebi, J. A. Edmonds, J. Furlow, L. Goddard, H. C. Hartmann, J. W. Hurrell, J. W. Katzenberger, D. M. Liverman, P. W. Mote, S. C. Moser, A. Kumar, R. S. Pulwarty, E. A. Seyller, B. L. Turner II, W. M. Washington, T. J. Wilbanks (2013) Hell and High Water: Practice-Relevant Adaptation Science. Science,Vol. 342 no. 6159 pp. 696-698 DOI:10.1126/science.1239569

Kirchhoff, C.J., M.C. Lemos, and S. Dessai (2013) Actionable Knowledge for Environmental Decision Making: Broadening the Usability of Climate Science. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 38, 393–414, doi: 10.1146/annurev-environ-022112-112828

Susanne Lorenz, Suraje Dessai, Jouni Paavola and Piers M. Forster (2013) The Communication of Scientific Uncertainty in European National Adaptation Strategies.Climatic Change Journal DOI: 10.1007/s10584-013-0809-1

James Porter(2013) Markets Bad, Academia Good? Review of Philip Mirowski’s Science Mart, Environment and Planning D.

Ballard, D., C. Bond, N. Pyatt, K. Lonsdale, G.P. Whitman, S. Dessai, M. Evans, and J.H. Tweed (2013) PREPARE - Barriers and enablers to organisational and sectoral adaptive capacity - qualitative study, Part of the PREPARE Programme of research on preparedness, adaptation and risk, Final Report for project ERG1211 by Ricardo-AEA for Defra. Report reference Ricardo-AEA/R/ED58163/PREPARE R1a/Issue 1.0.

Kent, N., J.J. Porter, S. Dessai, K. Miller, S. Winne, R. Sibille, L. Horrocks, N. Dale, K. Lonsdale  and D. Ballard (2013) PREPARE – The contribution and role of local and household level adaptation in overall UK adaptation, Part of the PREPARE Programme of research on preparedness, adaptation and risk, Final Report for project ERG1211 by Ricardo-AEA for Defra, Report reference Ricardo-AEA/R/ED58163/PREPARE R2/Issue 1.0.

Tang, S. and S. Dessai (2012). "Usable Science? The U.K. Climate Projections 2009 and Decision Support for Adaptation Planning." Weather, Climate, and Society 4(4): 300-313. © Copyright 2012 AMS

Stephens E, Edwards T, Demeritt D. Communicating probabilistic information from climate model ensembles—lessons from numerical weather prediction. WIREs Climate Change. 3: 409-26 DOI: 10.1002/wcc.187

James' critical essay exploring the changing managment of scientific research in the neo-liberal era: commercialisation, is now available online.