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New Science Brief: Projected Implications of Climate Change for Road Safety in Greater Vancouver, Canada

PCIC Science Briefs are a regular series of brief reports on recent climate science literature, relevant to stakeholders in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. PCIC has developed these briefs because we recognize the need for a bridge between the cutting edge of climate science research and the various stakeholders who need access to this knowledge, in plain-language reports, filtered for regional relevance, and suitable for consideration in planning and adaptation. The PCIC Science Briefs contextualize and explain the results and implications of important scientific findings.

This sixth Science Brief focuses on recent research in the journal Climatic Change by Hambly et al. (2013). Working from collision data from Transport Canada, weather data from Environment Canada and the output of regional climate models, they explored how future changes in precipitation could effect road safety in the Greater Vancouver area. They found that projected increases in heavy rainfall events could lead to higher automobile collision counts by the 2050s.

Read this Science Brief.

Hambly, D., J. Andrey, B. Mills and C. Fletcher, 2013: Projected implications of climate change for road safety in Greater Vancouver, Canada. Climatic Change, 116, 613–629.