Climate Change Resources
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is the most comprehensive source of information available about global climate change. The link includes four primary documents: (1) The Physical Science Basis; (2) Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability; (3) Mitigation of Climate Change, and; (4) The AR5 Synthesis Report. Each of these documents contains a summary for policy makers and a technical summary.
Government of NL - Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Reports
published many reports related to climate change in
Newfoundland and Labrador. The link includes
(1) Climate Change Projections for Newfoundland and
Labrador, (2) Action Plans and Supporting Documents, (3) CCEE Annual
Reports and Strategic Plans, and (4) Evidence Base
Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs)
The following URLs link to compilations of various MOOCs related to climate change. Some are live, while others are archived.
Engineers Canada has some engineering specific information related to climate change.
Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) is
an engineering protocol tool designed by and for engineers to
undertake an assessment of climate risks on infrastructure.
They have completed over 30 projects in Canada plus a couple of
international ones using this Protocol and have more than 10 projects
in progress, including three in Newfoundland and Labrador. They offer
training on the protocol for engineers and other professionals,
including on-line version of the workshop through a training
partner Climate Resilient Systems Training (CRST). These
workshops are offered on a cost-recovery basis.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has developed a science assessment report “From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate” to update a previous report with new information on current research and practical experience in climate change impacts and adaptation in Canada. The report includes the work of more than 90 authors and 115 expert reviewers, and synthesized over 1500 publications. Some of this content could be used for local training and awareness programs and one section focuses specifically on infrastructure.
The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources’ (OCCIAR) mandate is to assist communities and sectors to adapt to climate change by providing climate science and adaptation tools. The OCCIAR also serves as a central portal for information on activities, events and resources related to climate change impacts and adaptation. The OCCIAR is involved in events such as the 2010 “Barrie in a Changing Climate: a Focus on Adaptation” and the upcoming “Adaptation Canada 2016”.
The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) is offering a “Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation” live webinar three times in 2016 (in March, June and September). The webinar uses typical project examples to demonstrate how to assess and increase infrastructure resilience to climate change and mitigate adverse impacts. It also introduces current TAC climate change tools.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and its Local Government Advisory Committee has developed the “Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Training” online training module for local governments to learn about climate change adaptation. This type of program content would be suitable for general awareness sessions.
The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) develops a variety of resources for decision makers including resources for climate change adaptation. The “Decision Maker’s Toolbox” includes a variety of resources that discuss relevant materials.
The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) developed the StormSmart Communities program to help local government officials prepare for and protect communities from coastal storms and flooding for current conditions and potential sea-level rise. These materials may be useful for topics such as sea-level rise, coastal erosion and storm surges.
University of Western Ontario’s Climate Change IDF Tool
The University of Western Ontario (UWO) has developed an automated tool for developing IDF curves under climate change, for a wide variety of locations across Canada, including 30 locations in NL. The tool is user friendly, relatively customizable and free of charge, though registration is required.
Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium’s Statistically Downscaled Climate Scenarios
The British Columbia based Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC), offers climate model output downscaled to nationwide 10km grid. Three variables (minimum temperature, maximum temperature, and precipitation) are available for a selection of climate models and are accessible through an interactive map.
The Government of Canada’s Canadian Climate Data and Scenarios
The Canadian Climate Data and Scenarios (CCDS) is an interface for distributing climate change information relevant to Canada. Precipitation and temperature output from the ensemble of models on which the most recent IPCC reports were based (including the Third, Fourth and Firth Assessment Reports) are made available through CCDS.
A large number of other climate change adaptation resources are available online. The following sources are a selection of these and are provided for the interest of reader.
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Canada’s Adaptation Library
Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) at Simon Fraser University
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)