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2013 to 2018 – BC Agriculture Council

The BC Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation Risk & Opportunity Series shows how changes to the climate may impact agricultural production in key regions of BC, and the risks and opportunities associated with these impacts. The reports include perspectives gathered from agricultural producers on climate impacts and the ability of the sector to adjust to these impacts.  There are also suggested actions to develop approaches, tools and resources to better support a resilient sector in a changing climate. It is part of the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Adaptation Initiative.

Available titles:

Regional Adaptation Strategies

  • Regional Adaptation Strategies: Cowichan
  • Regional Adaptation Strategies: Delta
  • Regional Adaptation Strategies: Peace
  • Regional Adaptation Strategies: Cariboo

BC Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation Risk & Opportunity Series

  • Provincial Report (Full and Executive Summary)
  • Regional Snapshot: The Central Interior/Cattle Production
  • Regional Snapshot: Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver: Various Production
  • Regional Snapshot: The Okanagan Region: Wine Grape and Tree Fruit
  • Regional Snapshot: The Peace Region: Grain and Oilseed Production
  • Regional Snapshot: Vancouver Island: Livestock and Horticultural Crops

BC Farm Practices and Climate Change Adaptation Series

  • Conservation Tillage
  • Drainage
  • Management-Intensive Grazing
  • Nutrient Management
  • Shelterbelts
  • Water Storage
  • Summary Report & Additional Findings

 

2013, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

In late 2013 PCIC produced a series of climate summaries for the eight resource regions of British Columbia to help readers learn about past climate and future projected climate change in each region. PCIC intends to update this series as research progresses.

Here are the summaries:

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) created six guidebooks to help First Nations through the adaptation planning process. These guidebooks offer suggestions of how a First Nation might plan for climate change, involve the community, and set and achieve priority goals.

A related case study was also developed in partnership with CIER to highlight development of the guidebooks and lessons learned.

The CIER website offers other helpful adaptation resources also: Implementing Adaptive Capacity – First Nations in Transition (T’Sou-ke Nation) webcast (part of Sharing Knowledge for a Better Future program), Managing the Risk of Climate Change – A Guide for Arctic and Northern Communities, Climate Change Impacts on Ice, Winter Roads, Access Trails and Manitoba First Nations and Climate Risks and Adaptive Capacity in Aboriginal Communities – An Assessment South of 60 Degrees Latitude. Visit the CIER Climate Change publications page.

2014 — Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Climate Insights 101 is a free interactive course available online from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). PICS is a consortium of BC’s leading research universities, hosted and led by the University of Victoria.

Designed for a wide audience, Climate Insights 101 introduces the basics of climate science, explains the impacts of climate change in British Columbia and offers an overview of adaptation and mitigation actions in BC and elsewhere.

People can pick any or all of the 11 lessons, along with test-your-knowledge quizzes. The entire course can be completed in about two hours. A PICS collection of short videos on key topics is also available: Climate Insights: Mini-Lessons.

Content for Climate Insights 101 has been provided and peer reviewed by leading climate scientists from British Columbia, including lead authors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report  (AR5).

 

2014 — University of British Columbia

Climate Literacy Course: Navigating Climate Change Conversation

2013 – University of British Columbia

Here is a set of lecture videos from a free online course, Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations, offered in 2013 by the University of British Columbia. The videos canvass the scientific and socio-political dimensions of climate change. They introduce the basics of the climate system, models and predictions, human and natural impacts, mitigative and adaptive responses, and the evolution of climate policy.

This course formed the basis of the book Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice, available at the University of Toronto Press.

There are 10 modules, each offering several videos:

  • Module 1: Climate in the Public Sphere
  • Module 2: Introduction to the Climate System
  • Module 3: Earth’s Energy Budget
  • Module 4: The Carbon Cycle
  • Module 5: Climate Models
  • Module 6: Future Climate
  • Module 7: Climate Change Impacts
  • Module 8: Climate Change Mitigation
  • Module 9: Climate Change Adaptation
  • Module 10: Taking Action: Tools for Adaptation and Mitigation

 

2015 — Fraser Basin Council

Natural gas development in Northeastern British Columbia is dependent on a number of climate-sensitive resources and infrastructure, such as water, pipelines, drilling pads and roads. The sector adjusts operations in response to changes in extreme weather and other factors; the challenge now is to make specific plans to adapt to future changes in climate.

This report explores climate change in Northeastern BC and the related impacts, risks, opportunities and next steps for the oil and gas industry, based on interviews and focus group sessions with those inside and outside the sector.

The report was prepared by the Fraser Basin Council, with support from Natural Resources Canada, Adaptation Platform, and from the BC Ministry of Environment, Climate Action Secretariat.

Published – October 2011

The Protocol describes a step-by-step methodology of risk assessment and optional engineering analysis for evaluating the impact of changing climate on infrastructure. The observations, conclusions and recommendations derived from the application of this Protocol provide a framework to support effective decision-making about infrastructure operation, maintenance, planning and development.

2012 – City of Prince George

To help identify and plan for the impacts of climate change, the City of Prince George worked on a planning process in partnership with University of Northern BC (UNBC), the Fraser Basin Council and many others. The City incorporated adaptation into the myPG sustainability plan and the Official Community Plan.

This video series offers an overview of the work and some of the key focus areas: forests, ecosystems, transportation and flood:

For related resources, see also Adapting to Climate Change in Prince George and a Fraser Basin Council case study.

2013 - Arlington Group Planning + Architecture Inc. and others for the Government of British Columbia

Coastal hazards associated with sea level rise include coastal inundation (flooding), reduced drainage capacity (due to higher groundwater levels), coastal erosion, changes to coastal habitats and loss of wetlands, such as salt marshes. The BC Ministry of Environment commissioned the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer: A Toolkit to Build Adaptive Capacity on Canada's South Coasts to help coastal management authorities — mainly local governments  — identify, evaluate and compare options for adapting to the impacts of sea level rise and associated coastal hazards. The Primer offers 21 adaptation tools: for planning, regulation, land use changes/restrictions and for structural (flood protection) and non-structural (soft armouring) works.

The project was funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) in partnership with Atlantic RAC and Natural Resources Canada to investigate adaptation on Canada's Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

2012  — Christopher Allen Jensen (Master of Science Thesis), Department of Geography, University of Victoria

The purpose of this study is to determine if Low Impact Development (LID) can effectively mitigate flooding under projected climate scenarios. LID relies on run-off management measures that seek to control rainwater volume at the source by reducing imperviousness and retaining, infiltrating and reusing rainwater.

In general, the simulations suggest that if future extreme rainfall events follow the median climate change projection, then LID can be used to maintain or reduce flood hazard for rainfall events up to the 25-year return period. This study demonstrates that in a smaller urban watershed, LID can play an important role in reducing the flood impacts associated with climate change

About ReTooling for Climate Change

The ReTooling for Climate Change website is a project of the Fraser Basin Council to support local governments and First Nations in BC in preparing for climate change adaptation. The site is funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and other in-kind contributions.

Find out more about the Fraser Basin Council and the BC RAC at www.fraserbasin.bc.ca.

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Also worth a visit

On this site, you’ll find links to many helpful websites on climate change adaptation.

For steps communities can take to mitigate climate change, check out the Climate Action Toolkit website.