2080s High Emissions: ‘Colour in the landscape’

Paula Taylor sketches a storyboard based on the 2080s High Emissions climate change scenarios. She uses colour to illustrate the possible changes on her catchment.

Paula Taylor: Mine’s a little bit different ’cause my focus is on, my storyboard is on  colour in the landscape and, again, I’ve done the scenario, going up to 2080, with high emissions and it is visual, as in, as you start off with where we are today, we are teeming with wildlife. We have natural river flows. We have groundwater supporting, as a base flow to the rivers. We’ve got all the lush, bank side vegetation. We’ve got our dragonflies and all our invertebrates. We’ve got our fish and we’ve got all our other beasties and species that live and thrive in a high value environment that is based on river flow. And then, progressively going through the storyboard, where you have a reducing river, reducing wildlife, reducing groundwater support. Your vegetation, on the bank side, is starting to change in colour, from being green to more browns and yellows. Then, coming down further, again, you’ve got a significantly less flow in the river, significantly less groundwater support, more browns coming in and yellows, again, in the environment to, finally, a point, in the future, where we just look out and everything is brown. We’re looking at grey and brown. We have a dry river bed. We’ve got mud cracks, dead trees, dead, no vegetation anymore along the bank sides and, therefore, because of that we have no wildlife. We have reduced biodiversity. That has knock on consequences across everybody and everywhere. And my last, final thing is everything is dead. So it’s like everything alive. Everything is dead and brown and grey and black.

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