Some impacts resulting from climate change are inevitable and will affect us as communities and individuals residing in the Peak District. The exact level of impact varies and depends on who we are and what we do. To secure our living spaces, businesses and natural environment, we have to prepare for the challenges arising from climate change, now. This requires awareness raising about the projected changes and impacts, as well as implementing adaptation and mitigation measures. Review our management plan and find out more on what this means to you as a member of a thriving and vibrant community.
While milder winters and hotter, drier summers may be welcomed by some people, for others such changes result in greater risks towards their well-being.
Impacts arising from warmer, wetter winters:
- Increased frequency of rainfall events, flash floods and severe storms; associated with greater risk of damaging buildings, especially historic buildings.
- Water intrusion posing risk at structure of buildings; especially with regard to historic buildings where stronger rainfall events can result in severe damage to traditional building mortar.
- Damage on infrastructure such as transport links, homes and offices, and telecommunication and electricity lines.
- Increase of health impacts related to dampness, condensation and mold growth in old and historic buildings.
- Demand for more farm buildings to shelter animals and store food.
Impacts arising from hotter, drier summers:
- Higher temperatures cause a reduction of water available in soils (especially peat and moorland), streams and rivers (e.g. White Peak) and springs.
- Increase of (wild-) fire events with a destructive potential for settlements.
- Higher temperatures indoors, resulting in a need for energy and cost intensive air cooling measures, as well as shading of houses (requires legislative changes).
- Visual intrusion from air conditioning units and shade providing canopies.
- Mitigation measures to counteract presented impacts may be limited by financial resources for instance regarding renovation measures of historic buildings.