The project aimed to help the building sector adapt to the challenges of climate change

PROMETHEUS Research Project

PROMETHEUS was a multi-disciplinary EPSRC funded project. The main aims of the project were to:

  • Create a methodology for the creation of probabilistic future reference year weather data using UKCP09.
  • Create a set of future reference year weather data for free distribution and use by industry and academics.
  • Use physical models to identify the problems new buildings will face as a result of climate change.
  • Help the building sector adapt to the challenges of climate change. 

PROMETHEUS was one of the Climate Change and Sustainable Futures projects and was a member of the ARCC (Adaptation & Resilience in a Changing Climate) co-ordinated research network. 

For the UK, the latest climate projections based upon these emissions scenarios, UKCP09, incorporates climate models from the Met Office and others. The projections are probabilistic in nature instead of deterministic so as to allow users to assess the level of risk. Using this probabilistic data we have created a set of probabilistic future weather files for many locations around the UK. These files are freely available allowing building designers to assess resilience of a design to the possible outcomes of climate change.  We have used the files on  projects such as Montgomery Primary School.

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