DebCanada’s only national voice on climate change, the Canadian Climate Forum, organized a Symposium on Extreme Weather: Impacts, Challenges, Adaptations, to examine the incidence and impact of severe weather, the challenges it raises – and how we can prepare for, or adapt to it, to minimize its often devastating effects.

2013 was a year of costly and disruptive weather for Canadians.  The Symposium brought together experts from a range of fields, stakeholders, media and the public.  It stimulated insights into extreme events and considered the economic, infrastructural and health challenges they raise; participants also discussed measures to develop resilience as well as to safeguard people and businesses.

ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford spoke on urban climate change issues and adaptation, discussing major physical and socio-economic challenges such as flooding, and the need to engage professionals in adaptation policy design if we want it to be effective.

The Symposium was held April 23-24, 2014, in  the Adam Room, Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Registration required.

A free information session was held for the public and media, from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday April 22. A panel of experts provided information on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports on Science (WGI), Impacts, Adaptations, Vulnerability (WGII) and Emission Reductions (WGIII).The session was held in Room 12102, Demarais Building, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Ave. East.

For specific information contact Dawn Conway or Gordon McBean, author of ACT’s Extreme Weather reports.