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Municipalities in a Changing Climate: decision support tools to help prepare for what’s to come

  • When: December 10, 2014 from 1:00-2:00pm ET (Please note your time zone)
  • Presenters: Ashlee Jensen Grace (Urban adaptation project manager at the University of Michigan Climate Centre) and Slobodon P. Simonovic (Professor with the Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Western Ontario)
  • More and more, municipalities are feeling the brunt of climate change impacts. Whether it is extreme heat, flooding or extreme weather events, municipalities must act in order to understand how they could be impacted and how best to prepare for what is to come. This webinar will highlight two climate change decision support tools for municipalities: The Cities Impacts and Adaptation Tool (CIAT) and The Intensity-Duration-Frequency-Curves under Climate Change Tool (IDF CC Tool).
Mark your calendars for these other upcoming events:

  • Engineering a Response to Climate Change Impacts to Infrastructure (December 11, 2014 from 12:00-1:30pm ET) – The Ontario Climate Consortium is hosting this free online webinar. Climate change is common knowledge, and the public expects engineers to provide designs that are reliable and safe, even in a changing climate. How do we respond to this challenge and the climate impact risks posed to our engineered systems? This webinar discusses what you need to know to design, procure, operate, and manage infrastructure systems in a changing climate. Click here to register.
  • Tracking Climate Change Effects in the Canadian Forest (December 18, 2014 from 1:00-2:00pm ET) – Please join us for the next FACoP webinar as Dr. Sylvie Gauthier (Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service, NRCan) will describe two products of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) Forest Change Project: 1) an information report entitled “Tracking Climate Change Effects: Potential Indicators for Canada’s Forests and Forest Sector” and 2) a web-based tracking system for the impact of climate change on Canada’s forests and forest sector that is currently under development.
The Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative Project Weather and Water Information Gateway Gaps Analysis Report has been released.

  • The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF), in collaboration with Pollution Probe and the Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER), was working with 5 Local Adaptation Collaboratives (LACs) represented by municipalities, conservation authorities and other agencies engaged in watershed management across Ontario to enhance their capacity to manage the weather-water related risks to current and future climate change. The 28 month initiative engaged leading communities and agencies responsible for watershed management to inform, test and demonstrate the “Gateway”, which is a web-based Provincial weather and water information discovery and access service. The Gateway directs local decision-makers to the most relevant information, data, guidance material and tools, that will help users make more informed and effective decisions regarding climate change adaptation.
The Royal Society of London, UK has released a report entitled ‘Resilience to extreme weather’.

  • Full report – Answers key questions to help inform important decisions about adaptation and risk reduction that are being made at global, national and local levels. Questions include: how do we reduce the impact of extreme weather today while preparing ourselves for future changes? What can we do to build our resilience?
  • Summary report – A summary of the topics covered in the initial report.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has released its Agency-wide Climate Change Adaptation Plan and additional reports produced by the Program and Regional Offices.

  • Full Report – The EPA’s Adaptation Plan identifies ways in which climate change could affect EPA’s ability to fulfill its mission and describes priority actions that EPA will take to ensure that its programs, policies, rules, and operations will remain effective under future climatic conditions. Program implementation plans including offices of water, air and radiation, solid waste and emergency response, chemical safety and pollution prevention, international and tribal affairs, research and development, and administration and resource management.
There are new additions to the CoP library:

  • Durham Region’s Future Climate (2040-2049) – The main deliverable from this project is an understanding of what the Region of Durham currently experiences in terms of climate and what it will experience in the future in terms of climate and extreme weather.
  • The state of climate change adaptation in the Arctic (2014) – The people living in the Arctic are considered among most vulnerable to the impacts of environmental change; this study assesses the volume, scope and geographic distribution of reported initiatives for adaptation to climate change in the Arctic.
New links from online resources have also been posted to the library (Note that a subscription may be required to view some of these resources):

Looking for some additional reading material? Check out the latest news articles on climate impacts and adaptation: