Sea Level Rise

According to estimates, we will see a 1-metre rise in ocean levels by 2100. Combined with storm surges – also forecast to increase in severity – this places our ports and associated transport, industry and tourism networks at significant risk, as well as many coastal towns and valuable waterfront developments.

From 2011-2016, ACT partnered with the University of Western Ontario-led, IDRC-funded Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR): Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities program as the coordinator for research in Vancouver, the major Canadian city featured in the program. CCaR was led by former ACT policy author Dr. Gordon McBean (Climate Change Adaptation and Extreme Weather), and partnered Canadian researchers with universities in Lagos, Bangkok and Manila.

The objective of the program was to develop the knowledge base and enhance the capacity of coastal megacities to successfully adapt to and when necessary cope with risks posed by the effects of climate change, including sea level rise, in the context of urban growth and development. The cities were chosen to have a range of climate-weather, socio-cultural-economic characteristics; be representative of other cities; and provide enhanced research opportunities through ongoing efforts.

Outputs included new, integrated knowledge on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies and their socio-economic-health implications; integrated, interdisciplinary simulation models to develop, test and validate knowledge-based adaptation actions; and increased numbers of highly-qualified people, both academic and practitioners, through knowledge mobilization and translation. See selected results from the CCAR project here.

ACT is currently collaborating with UBC on development of a Coastal Adaptation Lab.