Case study: ClimateXChange – assessing risks to geoheritage

ClimateXChange has assessed the vulnerability to climate change of natural heritage features in protected areas, including more than 650 notified Earth Science features in Scotland’s Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Scottish Natural Heritage has taken a lead role in this work alongside the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen University and Dundee University. The project assessed risk of detrimental climate change impacts on Earth Science features based on factors including fragility, location and extent. This work will continue to consider suitable mitigation and adaptation measures to reduce the impacts of climate change for features ranked as high risk.

Climatexchange website

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Intertidal features, like the unique permineralized Mesozoic plant remains at Eathie near Cromarty, may be vulnerable to loss due to climate change induced sea-level rise © SNH

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