Current and future windstorms in Scotland

The Scottish Government lodged an enquiry with ClimateXChange following a query received on future wind storms in Scotland. ClimateXChange researchers produced a brief that concluded that future climate projections of extreme wind speed are highly ambiguous. However, despite their high level of uncertainty, predictions of increased storm intensity and windspeed may be of interest to policy and the construction industry due to elevated risks.

The brief has already been used to inform policy thinking on how future wind storms might affect the built environment. More widely, the response is likely to be used by the Scottish Government to answer future queries on storminess in Scotland.