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City of Vancouver Sea Level Rise StoryMap

The City of Vancouver has launched a new resource this year – a crowdsourcing tool to document high tide shoreline photos.

What is it?

A mobile-enabled website that allows citizens to contribute to our shared knowledge about the shoreline. The City is inviting citizens to capture photos of the shoreline at high tide and upload them to Vancouver.ca/kingtides, providing critical information to help the City better understand and prepare for the impacts of sea level rise.

Why now?

King Tides, when sea levels reach their highest point in the year, are coming soon. By collecting data along the shoreline, people will help visualize what normal sea levels may look like in the future as sea levels rise due to climate change.

As a partner in educating the public about sea level rise and ocean-related issues, the City need your help. There are two ways to get involved:

  1. Snap the shore. Take the lead as a citizen scientist and help the City seed their brand new site with helpful shoreline data.
  • Pay a visit to the waterfront between December 1-9 (check poster for projected King Tide Schedule) and again Jan 1-9
  • Take a photo showing where the water reaches, and;
  • Upload it right away to Vancouver.ca/kingtides – you can do this straight from your phone (turn on GPS).
  1. Get the word out. Spread word about the app through your contacts and social networks.
  • Share your photos on social media, using the app.

Thank you for helping the City to get this important project off the ground. For more information about how the City is planning for sea level rise, click here. If you have further questions about the project, feel free to reach out to tina.barisky@vancouver.ca.

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Event: More Equitable Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in a More-Than-Human World

If you’re in the Prince George area, check out this interesting upcoming event. A webcast is available as well.

More Equitable Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in a More-Than-Human World
Friday, November 17
3:30 pm
Room 8-164 at UNBC main campus, 3333 University Way, Prince George, BC

Climate change is a threat to ecosystems and human communities across the globe. Some climate change adaptation strategies have the potential to generate additional risks and vulnerabilities (e.g., geoengineering, desalination). However, instead of taking the proverbial political ecology ‘hatchet’ to critique these strategies, this talk focuses on the ‘seeds’ of more equitable adaptations that account for the needs of the human and more-than-human world. Innovative case study examples from the Upper Missouri Headwaters region in southwestern Montana, USA – where climate change is affecting snowpack and altering the quality, quantity and timing of water runoff – will be discussed. Opportunities and challenges for implementing natural water storage, ‘shared sacrifice’ agreements, and drought plans that account for ecological and human impacts will be highlighted.

Bio: Dr. Jamie McEvoy is an assistant professor of Geography at Montana State University. As a human-environment geographer, her expertise is in political ecology, human dimensions of water resources, and climate change vulnerability and adaptation. Her recent research focuses how individuals and communities prepare for both droughts and floods. She has conducted research on perceptions of water quality associated with oil and gas development in eastern Montana, USA, public participation in water planning along the Yellowstone River, the impacts of desalination as a sociotechnical system in northwestern Mexico, and the feminization of agriculture in southwestern Mexico. She is honored to be a speaker at the 2017 Inspiring Women Among Us Conference.

Click here to access the webcast.

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weADAPT Celebrating 10 Years of Adaptation Research and Practice

weADAPT, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)’s global platform and network for climate change adaptation issues, is marking its 10th anniversary in 2017.

Since it was created by the SEI Oxford Centre in 2007, weADAPT has become a signature online “open space” that allows practitioners, researchers and policy-makers from around the globe to access credible, high-quality information, and to share with one another the experiences and lessons from the frontier of climate adaptation work.

This important milestone is a reminder that ACT has been at the forefront of this research. Having also recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, ACT was founded on a basis of providing evidence-based, in-depth adaptation resources to decision-makers. We continue to research and develop critical top-of-mind climate change and environmental topics, particularly related to holistic resilience approaches to policy and planning. ACT is proud to be part of a growing community of adaptation and resilience thinkers who are committed to creating a sustainable world for all.

See more of weADAPT’s work and impacts here.

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Natural Resources Canada – Climate Change Adaptation – 2017 Call for Proposals

Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform, chaired by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), brings together representatives from industry, Indigenous, municipal, professional and not-for-profit organizations, federal, provincial and territorial governments, and research institutions to address shared adaptation priorities. To support the objectives identified by Adaptation Platform working groups, Natural Resources Canada is soliciting proposals for cost-shared projects that address climate change adaptation in the areas of coastal management, energy, mining, economics, infrastructure, forestry and training.

Funding for this Call comes from NRCan’s Climate Change Adaptation Program. Up to $8.25 million in funding may be awarded through this process.

Projects should have a start date no earlier than March 1, 2018. The duration of the project should be based on the scope of the work. Unless an earlier date is specifically indicated in Annex 1, projects must be completed no later than November 30, 2020.

This call for proposals is focused on projects that can achieve results with broad impact. The federal government may fund up to 50% of the total cost of a project. Projects are expected to provide matching support, either cash or well documented in-kind contributions from sources other than the federal government. Letters of support from these sources that confirm the nature, amount and timing of their contributions must be included with the proposal. Projects requesting less than $100,000 of NRCan funding will not be considered.

For more information and to download the Call for Proposals, click here.

Deadline for submission of proposals is November 27, 2017.

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Webinar: Green Shores Policy and Regulatory Tools for Local Government

Photo from Stewardship Centre for BC

Next up in the Fraser Basin Council’s Retooling for Climate Change series:

Green Shores Policy and Regulatory Tools for Local Government
Thursday, November 16
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Responding to local governments who are interested in bringing Green Shores to their communities, this webinar will outline a framework (including Shoreline Classification, Official Community Plan policies and objectives, Development Permit Area guidelines, and Zoning provisions) to organize local government action and support implementation on the ground on public and private land.
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This webinar will highlight key points from the “Green Shores Policy and Regulatory Tools for Local Governments” guidebook, which has been recently updated. Considerations related to a changing climate, including the impacts of sea level rise and more extreme weather events will also be flagged. A case study of local government action in the Powell River Regional District will share lessons learned, and information about how local governments can join a BC Green Shores working group will be provided.
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Click here to register.

 

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Webinar: 20 Ways to Stop the Rain – Celebrating Local Leadership

The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources is pleased to announce the following webinar:

20 Ways to Stop the Rain: Celebrating Local Leadership
Thursday, November 9
1:00-2:00 pm EDT

Local governments are confronting one of the most important issues of our time – the alarming recent increase in damage to homes from extreme rainfall. Communities large and small across Canada are now taking action to reduce the risk of basement flooding and damage to property from sewer backup. The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) wrote a book titled Cities adapt to extreme rainfall: Celebrating local leadership that presents 20 of the many successful local projects underway in communities that are adapting to better address the risks associated with extreme rainfall. During this webinar, Sophie Guilbault, Manager at ICLR, will review some of the case studies presented in the report as well as lessons learned.

In recent years, severe rainfall has replaced fire to become the leading cause of damage to Canadian homes. Damage to homes from sewer backup and basement flooding now exceeds $2 billion a year, and has been rising at an unsustainable rate for more than 25 years. Moreover, it is inevitable that the frequency and severity of extreme rainfall events will escalate as a result of climate change, threatening to further increase the damage to homes unless we adapt. Much of the damage to homes is preventable if local governments and homeowners apply existing knowledge to the design and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure. Fortunately, local governments, property owners and other stakeholders are starting to take action.

Over the next few decades, it is expected that Canadians will experience more frequent and intense rainstorms. Nevertheless, if we adapt, it is possible that we could also experience reduced stormwater damage to homes.

Click here to register.

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Workshop: Understanding Risk & Resilient Drainage Networks in a Changing Climate

The Capital Region District’s Climate Action Program (CAP) and Integrated Watershed Management Program (IWMP) have partnered with Engineers Canada to create a regionally-specific professional development workshop focusing on risk, resiliency, climate change and storm drainage networks (i.e. pipes and creeks).

Understanding Risk & Resilient Drainage Networks in a Changing Climate
Thursday. November 2
8:15 am – 4:30 pm (Doors open at 8 am)
CRD Headquarters, 625 Fisguard St, Victoria

This one day introductory workshop will provide participants with information about, and practice with, practical tools and processes such as Engineers Cananda’s PIEVC Protocol that systematically assesses the risks of current and future climate on public storm drain networks, introduce the legal framework for climate change adaptation, highlight planning tools, and provide examples of projects in BC.

This workshop will be of interest to those professionals who are involved in policy, planning, pre-design, design, operation, maintenance, management and regulation of infrastructure and who, now and in the future, need to consider the changing climate for these activities.

Click here to register.

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Now Online: Legal Implications of Climate Change for Professionals

On September 28, the Fraser Basin Council held a webinar on the legal implications of climate change for professionals.

In this webinar, Zizzo Strategy spoke about climate change liability issues with a focus on case law and climate-related litigation related to negligence and class action lawsuits. The webinar also touched upon recent developments in corporate governance and disclosure of climate risk, including securities disclosure and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. This webinar aimed to educate professionals on how climate change impacts their professional roles and responsibilities, encourage them to integrate climate change into their decision-making and empower them to make the case for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The video of the webinar is now available online. View it here.

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Webinar: How Might Climate Change Affect Forest Growth and What Can We Do About It?

The Forestry Adaptation Community of Practice (FACoP) is pleased to announce the following webinar:

How Might Climate Change Affect Forest Growth and What Can We Do About It?

Tuesday, November 7
1:00-2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Caren Dymond (Forest Carbon and Climate Change Researcher, Government of British Columbia)

In this webinar, Caren will discuss the results of two different projects:

Part 1: Contrasting Climate Change Impacts in Temperate Forests of Northwestern British Columbia
Management of forests may be able to increase carbon sinks or reduce emissions; however, those efforts may be negated by climate change impacts. This project simulated four productivity scenarios for the Copper-Pine Creek valley, west of Smithers, British Columbia. The coldest ecoregions were projected to be carbon sinks, but the warmest are at risk of becoming carbon sources to the atmosphere. Effects varied among species and site conditions, indicating that both of these factors need to be considered in forest planning.

Part 2: Testing Novel Planting Regimes to Adapt and Mitigate Climate Change
Climate change is projected to increase the risks to forest ecosystems and their dependent communities and industries for the Copper-Pine Creek valley. In this study, we asked if novel tree planting regimes, including a diversification regime, could increase carbon sinks, harvest rates, and species diversity under different climate scenarios. We found that planting a mix of alternative tree species was generally superior to the stocking standards in increasing the resilience of the forests. Given the wide range of future climate projections, planting a mix of species likely created a bet-hedging effect, where no matter what the future climate conditions, there were species on the landscape that could grow well.

Click here to register.

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PICS Strategic Plan 2017-2022

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) has released their Strategic Plan 2017/2022.  Over 100 people in the PICS community contributed to the creation of this plan.

The document defines PICS’ vision, revised mandate, objectives and principles. It builds on the institute’s core competencies and sets the strategic research approach and governance direction for PICS.

The plan focuses on three strategic areas:

  • Conducting collaborative research
  • Communicating climate change solutions
  • Enhancing organizational development

To learn more about PICS, click here.

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ACT Article in Latest Issue of Streamtalk

The latest issue of Streamtalk, the newsletter for stewards of salmonids and their habitat from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, includes an article on page 5 from ACT researcher Edward Nichol detailing ACT’s recent project on Still Creek. This report and other deliverables, released in June 2017, documents the restoration of Still Creek and the return of spawning salmon to East Vancouver, and explores how municipalities worked together to restore this urban ecosystem.

Click here to read Streamtalk now.

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Postdoctoral Position: Hydroclimate Scientist

PCIC is seeking to hire a postdoctoral Hydroclimate Scientist.

 Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

 The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) was created to assess climate impacts in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. The goals of the Consortium are to foster collaborative research, to strengthen the capacity to address regional climate change and variability, and to provide the scientific basis for policy development. PCIC is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change. Through collaboration with climate researchers and regional stakeholders, PCIC produces knowledge and tools in support of long-term planning.  http://www.PacificClimate.org

 Challenge

The Hydroclimate Scientist works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to study the impacts of climate variability and change on hydrology and water quality in western Canada. This postdoctoral position is part of the pan-Canadian Global Water Futures (GWF) research program (https://gwf.usask.ca), led by the University of Saskatchewan, which aims to place Canada as a global leader in water science for the world’s cold regions and to address the strategic needs of the Canadian economy in adapting to change and managing risks of uncertain water futures.  Under the theme of ‘Climate and Diagnostic Hydrological and Water Quality Modelling’, the GWF proposes the development of a unified pan-Canadian modular hydrology/water quality multi-model system for assessment of hydrologic sensitivity under historical and future climates. In this context, this position is responsible for the enhancement and application of PCIC’s version of the Variable Infiltration Capacity hydrology model (VIC-GL), which includes coupled glacier mass balance and dynamics components, for select Canadian basins.

Nature of Work

The Hydroclimate Scientist undertakes basic and applied research to quantify the impact of climate variability and change on the hydro-climatology of select Canadian basins. He/she works under the supervision of the Lead for PCIC’s Hydrologic Impacts theme and collaborates with members of the Hydrologic Impacts theme and GWF’s pan-Canadian modelling team. PCIC offers a positive, supportive and collegial work environment that promotes collaboration and excellence. As a user and stakeholder driven organization, PCIC requires that candidates be able to flexibly adapt their research objectives to changing organizational and stakeholder priorities and needs.

Objectives

The objectives of the position are to conduct research that seeks to address some or all of the following:

  • Contribute to the further development and enhancement of VIC-GL, which may include the addition of the ability to explicitly represent continuous permafrost, large lakes and reservoirs, flow abstraction and regulation, vegetation dynamics, and land use change
  • Evaluate the extent to which hydrology and water quality in select Canadian watersheds has responded to observed climate variability and change and evaluate potential hydrologic impacts under projected future climates
  • Understand and describe the climatic mechanisms that generate hydrologic extremes of flood and drought and quantify changes in hydrologic extremes under future climates
  • Work closely with stakeholders to communicate and inform adaptation of water resources operations, management and planning, and with the GWF program to support the use of VIC-GL and the development of a multi-model framework

 Knowledge and Experience

  • PhD in the physical sciences, preferably in the Hydrologic, Atmospheric or Climate sciences
  • Experience in the development and application of hydrologic or land surface models (such as the Variable Infiltration Capacity model)
  • Experience studying climate variability and change, and its hydroclimatic implications
  • Experience working on interdisciplinary projects and with interdisciplinary teams
  • A high level of productivity for peer?reviewed publications is expected.

Skills

  • Excellent data analysis and data visualization skills
  • Excellent statistical analysis skills
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Excellent programming skills in several languages (C++ and python being particularly useful)
  • The applicant must have excellent multi?tasking skills

 Abilities

  • Work in a self?directed manner and within a team environment
  • Re-evaluate and adjust priorities and objectives in light of research findings and evolving requirements
  • Ability to acquire, manipulate and analyze large spatiotemporal data sets.
  • Ability to find creative solutions to complex, open-ended problems.
  • Operate with a professional demeanor while representing PCIC and GWF at professional meetings and other venues.

Employment period

3.5-year term commitment.  The position is full time (37.5 hours per week), and pay will be commensurate with education and experience.

Additional information: Address enquiries to Markus Schnorbus at climate@uvic.ca.

Application: Please send your application including a cover letter, CV, and three professional references to Markus Schnorbus, climate@uvic.ca, with “ATTN: Hydroclimate Scientist” in the subject line.  Please indicate whether you are legally able to work in Canada.

 Review of applicants will start immediately and continue until suitable candidates are found.

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October 23: The Invisible City Film Screening

Millions of refugees are struggling to find a place to call home. Climate change will intensify this crisis as more and more people leave their homes to find habitable conditions or become displaced due to extreme weather.

Join Simon Fraser University for a film screening of The Invisible City [Kakuma]. This film documents life in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, highlighting the resilience of children and youth in the camp. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with UN delegates, former refugees and academics.

Event sponsored by:

Sponsored by:
SFU International
SFU’s Institute for the Humanities
Aga Khan University – East African Institute
University of Fraser Valley
Queen Elizabeth Scholars and DOXA

For film details visit: www.theinvisiblecitykakuma.com/.

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Materials Available from Livable Cities 2017

The 2017 Livable Cities Forum took place in Victoria, BC September 18th-20th. The LCF2017 Program explored building low carbon, resilient communities.

Presentations are now online. Visit the Program Page and scroll through the online schedule. Click on the presentation links in each session to see presentations!

There is also a Storify of Tweets and photo highlights of the event – click here to view it.

To make the next Livable Cities Forum even better, fill out the post-event survey here with your feedback.

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Fulbright Arctic Initiative: Apply by October 16

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will bring together a network of scholars, professionals and applied researchers from the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience.

At its core, the Fulbright Arctic Initiative will create a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries.  Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, program participants will address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges and opportunities.

Outstanding scholars from the U.S. and abroad will be selected to participate in the program as Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars through an open, merit-based competition. At least four of the scholars will be selected from the United States and at least one scholar will be selected from each of the other Arctic Council member states. Co-Lead Scholars  will provide intellectual leadership throughout the Program, in addition to mentoring program participants and facilitating discussion and collaboration among the Arctic Initiative Scholars.

Selected scholars will participate in an individual Fulbright exchange of a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three months, as well as in-person seminars and ongoing virtual communication, all supporting the scholars’ required collaborative research projects. Scholars will be selected on the basis of an individual research project linked to an exchange visit and potential to collaborate in a group research project in one of two thematic areas described below.

  • The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will provide a platform for scholars from across the Arctic region to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research across two core thematic areas:
    • Resilient Communities: The Arctic is facing profound social, economic, and environmental change and communities are increasingly confronted with critical policy challenges related to issues of health and wellness, energy resource management, environmental protection, sustainability of the Arctic Ocean, infrastructure, indigenous rights, education, and regional governance.  Further research is needed on ways to build social resilience in communities to adapt to changes across the Arctic.  This research should focus on and ideally involve Arctic communities themselves and consider the application of indigenous knowledge to help inform policy at local to regional scales, as well as multi-disciplinary research to bring differing or complementary viewpoints.
    • Sustainable Economies: The rapid changes in the Arctic Ocean system resulting from sea ice decline, changes in water conditions, and increasing shipping and energy production have significance for Arctic nations, global markets, and coastal communities.  The economic impacts of environmental changes and globalization in the Arctic, together with the region’s expanding connections to the global economy, require research to address how commercial opportunities can be supported and balanced with the need for sustained subsistence livelihoods in Arctic communities.

Click here for more information.

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Sea Level Rise – The Big Picture

ACT, along with local partners, is excited to offer the following free public discussion series:

The Octopus’s Garden? Planning for Sea Level Rise 

Regions around the world are experiencing climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, wildfires, and heat waves, while planning for the long-term effects of sea level rise and coastal storms. These stressors are driving damages and increased costs for communities, and increasing the risk of mass migration.

Building on the success of the Resiliency and YOU talk, this series runs from June-November 2017, and features experts on sea level rise from a variety of backgrounds who will address ways we can adapt and build resilience, with a focus on local to global challenges and solutions. Topics to be addressed include the science and physical challenges to sea level rise, local, provincial and international preparations and initiatives, climate refugees, traditional knowledge and indigenous responses to sea level rise, and finally what to expect globally – and what we can do about it locally.

Join us for the final talk in our series:

November 8, 7 pm: Sea Level Rise -The Big Picture

Featuring: 

  • John Englander, Oceanographer, consultant and expert on sea level rise
  • Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, City of Vancouver

Click here to register for this talk.

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