ACT’s Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Cities conference was held March 7-9, 2012 in Vancouver at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

The proceedings were chaired by Dr. Gordon McBean, UWO, Principal Investigator for the Tri-Council funded Coastal Cities at Risk project, which twins Metro Vancouver with Manila, Bangkok and Lagos, and hosted by Deborah Harford, Executive Director of ACT and leader of the project’s Metro Vancouver node.

The Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) project research team, including its international representatives, met with local experts to learn about current and projected climate sea level rise, river flooding, salinization, extreme weather responses, and policy challenges and responses, in the Metro Vancouver region.

The event marks the first year of the CCaR project, which continues for another four years in a collaborative process that will see the partners sharing resources and developing responses with the help of local experts, decision-makers and practitioners in each country.

The following presentations were delivered:

Dr. Gordon McBean, Principal Investigator, Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR)
The CCaR Project (PDF presentation)

Tina Neale, Climate Change Adaptation Advisor, BC Ministry of Environment
Provincial Government Planning for Coastal Impacts in BC (PDF presentation)

Ellen Pond, Researcher, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, UBC
Modeling Extremes: Visual Projections for Delta and Community Engagement (presentation not available)

Margot Daykin, Sustainability Manager, City of Richmond
Local Challenges and Opportunities in Coastal Adaptation (PDF presentation)

Dr. Slobodan Simonovic (and RAs), Professor, UWO
Development of the CCaR Urban Resilience Model (PDF presentation)

Steve Litke, Fraser Basin Council
“Climate Impacts and Adaptation Where the River Meets the Sea” (PDF presentation)

Hugh Fraser, Deputy Director of Engineering, Corporation of Delta
Building Adaptive Capacity in Delta (PDF Presentation)

Dr. Tim Takaro, Professor, Health Sciences, SFU
Coastal Vulnerabilities for Human Health and Water Resources in a Changing World (PDF presentation)

The conference also included:

  • A public panel and dialogue featuring brief presentations on coastal hazards, and offer the public an opportunity to engage with experts and each other on the challenges we face and possible solutions.
  • A dinner discussion with local decision makers and thought leaders.
  • An open space discussion with CCaR team members and First Nations representatives.

ACT and the CCaR project team would like to thank: