A plan has been drawn up to guard Aberdeen against the impact of climate change.
A new report claims it is resulting in an increase in the severity and frequency of weather events affecting Aberdeen, pointing to recent examples including the “devastating impacts” of Storm Frank.
As a result, the local authority has created a plan to reduce and manage risks including flooding, coastal erosion and the impact on the city’s historical buildings.
It says that for Aberdeen, climate change will bring warmer, wetter winters, hotter, drier summers, a rise in sea level and less snow, ice and frost and could lead to an increased risk of flooding in the city.
The plan says: “Flooding has already had devastating impacts on many people living in Aberdeen.
“With climate change likely to alter rain patterns and bring more heavy downpours, flood risk is expected to increase in the future.
“Although investment is being made in city flood prevention schemes, flooding may still occur.
“We also need to continue to prevent development in areas at risk of flooding.”
Work has already been carried out to identify potentially vulnerable areas and a range of schemes are already in place, or in development, to help manage flood risk.
The East Tullos Burn Environmental Improvement Project has altered the burn to slow down the flow of water and created wetland areas for water to ebb into.
The plan also warns about potential changes to the Aberdeen coastline, with sea level rise “expected” and potential for summer droughts to become more frequent and severe.
It recommends making “shoreline plans”, which include maintaining coastal defences and strengthening protection where required.
Measures such as dune restoration can also reduce damage and help protect Aberdeen’s coastal landscape.
A total of 32% of the city’s buildings were built before 1945 and were designed for a “different climate”, according to the report.
The plan advocates upgrading properties to help future-proof buildings against the potential for heavy rainfall and warmer temperatures.
Other climate challenges highlighted within include changes to the marine environment from rising sea temperatures, which could see dolphins and haddock face less favourable conditions.
Meanwhile, the report also says education institutions are pursuing “cutting edge climate research” and low carbon technologies, adding these should be encouraged.
It added: “As the climate continues to adjust, this research helps to identify the challenges still to come and provides information on the tools to take to effective early action.”
The plan sought the views of 41 local organisations, businesses and community groups during five workshops.
Members of the city growth and resources committee will be asked to approve the proposed plan and to put it out for public consultation for an eight-week period.