City Profiles

Glasgow - United Kingdom

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

Glasgow's main motivation for taking adaptation action is to meet the new and difficult challenges that climate change presents and create a future in which Glasgow and the Clyde Valley is one of the most climate resilient regions in the world.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
We (will) integrate adaptation into existing relevant plans
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Climate Ready Clyde Vision
Date of strategy/plan approval
Jan 01, 2013
Summary of the strategy/plan
Glasgow is working on developing an adaptation plan or embedding adaptation into its corporate policies but in the meantime, Glasgow has led a regional climate adaptation partnership, Climate Ready Clyde, and has signed up to its Vision document. Climate Ready Clyde is a project designed to provide a forum for the public and private sectors as well as community-oriented organisations to identify and discuss the challenges that Glasgow and the Clyde Valley faces as a result of climate change. The result of the project is a regional adaptation strategy and action plan that will be developed over the next two years, likely starting in 2016.

Planned adaptation actions

Glasgow plans to integrate sustainable urban drainage into its community regeneration efforts, promote awareness of flooding and other climate risks, expand green networks and spaces, and improve the energy efficiency and thereby heat retention of buildings.

Good practice / spotlight item

White Cart Water flood prevention scheme
White Cart Water, which is being developed by Glasgow City Council in partnership with the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership, is Scotland's largest flood prevention scheme and was completed in 2011 at a cost of £53million. The scheme combines world leading engineering solutions and natural flood risk management techniques to protect over 1,700 homes and businesses. The scheme has already saved flood damage estimated at £11million and will ensure that the area it protects remains a viable place to live and work for generations to come. The White Cart Water Flood prevention scheme is just one example of the pioneering approach to flood risk management in Glasgow. More information can be found here.
Completed flood defences at Tantallon Road. source.

Climate change impacts

  • Sea Level Rise
  • Storms

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Financial
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Water Management


Gordon Matheson


596550 inhabitants

Contact person

Duncan Booker
Sustainable Glasgow Programme Manager


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Aug 28, 2014

Last Update

Oct 18, 2016

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