As part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Canadian Center for Climate Services (CCCS) has been established to help provide national leadership to promote adaptation and climate resilience across Canada. The CCCS will be the federal source of reliable climate information, data, and tools and will provide training and support to help Canadians understand their current and future climate vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities.
Golder’s Sean Capstick, Principal and Senior Air Quality and Climate Change Specialist, was approached by the CCCS to sit on their external advisory panel and provide expert advice with other climate-related disciplines for the development of the recently-launched Canadian Climate Information Portal. The portal will leverage other online climate analytics systems from CCCS partners (Ouranos, PCIC) to help develop an interface providing climate data and tools with analytic functionality. This would include historical and future climate data for climate variables including temperature, precipitation, snow cover, etc. The portal will provide climate information in a clear and meaningful way to help strengthen national and regional capacity to guide adaptation into decision-making.
“Clients will have access to the latest climate change projections for their projects. Working with our clients, Golder can help them understand the range of projections for future climate and how this climate may impact future operations. Understanding climate change requires an understanding of uncertainty and risk; Golder is developing standard approaches to help clients move forward with this uncertainty by developing Adaptive Management Plans and Cost Benefit Assessments,” Sean said.
“The need to answer these questions is becoming more pressing and the access to this information will remove one barrier to addressing these issues,” Sean said.