Sea Level Rise

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ACT ED Participates in First LiveSmartBC Twitterchat on Sea Level Rise

  On January 9, 2013, ACT joined other BC experts to discuss sea level rise through the tool called Twitterchat, using the hashtag #SustyBC. A rich discussion ensued, and many useful resources were shared, all of which you can read and access in the Storify version, posted here.  

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Jakarta to Complete Giant Sea Wall in 2020

Jakarta to Complete Giant Sea Wall in 2020

The city of Jakarta is constructing a giant sea wall, known as the Jakarta Coastal Defense Strategy (JCDS), to protect low-lying regions as sea levels rise and land subsides due to heavy extraction of groundwater from the delta soil. A 2009 study by Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) climatologist Armi Susandi predicted that a quarter […]

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CCaR and Social Vulnerability: What is it about and Why is it important?

CCaR and Social Vulnerability: What is it about and Why is it important?

According to a 2008 OECD report by Nicholls et al. (PDF) that ranks global cities in terms of exposure to risks of climate change, Vancouver is rated 15th for vulnerable assets, with USD $55 billion at risk; and 32nd for population at risk, with 320,000 people exposed. Many municipalities in Metro Vancouver are both coastal […]

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Deborah Harford speaks to Vancouver Sun about rising sea levels throughout metro Vancouver

Deborah Harford speaks to Vancouver Sun about rising sea levels throughout metro Vancouver

Rising sea levels throughout metro Vancouver putting landmarks at risk Granville Island and False Creek at high risk for negative effects of higher water levels By KELLY SINOSKI, published in the Vancouver Sun August 4, 2012 Vancouver is at risk of losing landmark communities like Granville Island and False Creek unless the city starts taking […]

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Coastal Cities at Risk: How will they adapt to converging climate change impacts?

Coastal Cities at Risk: How will they adapt to converging climate change impacts?

Low-lying coastal mega-cities, many built on river deltas, are growing rapidly in terms of population and infrastructure asset value and play a pivotal role in the global economy. Global seaborne trade has more than doubled in the past 30 years and, as Hurricane Katrina demonstrated, the effect of a major storm on a port city […]

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Global News reports on Vancouver's new adaptation plan

Global News reports on Vancouver’s new adaptation plan

The city of Vancouver has commissioned a study on how to prepare for the impact of dramatic climate change. Vancouver City Manager Sadhu Johnstone and Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer talk with Global News about Vancouver’s new adaptation plan, to be presented to City Council on Tuesday July 24, 2012. ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford, and […]

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Facing the Challenge: Mapping Floodplains

Facing the Challenge: Mapping Floodplains

In a recent post, UCLA Professor Matthew E. Kahn discusses the release of a series of flood maps in Norfolk, VA. The maps, which can be found in the flood awareness section of the City’s website, are intended to provide citizens with information about how projected flooding will impact them. The site even includes a […]

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Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) launches new project website

Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) launches new project website

ACT is a Canadian partner organization in the 5-year, “Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR): Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities” program funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) together with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social […]

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