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  • Authors: The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium Publication Date: Jul 2017

    To plan for and adapt to the potential impacts of climate change, there is a need among communities in British Columbia for projections of future climate and climate extremes at a suitable, locally-relevant scale. This report summarizes work completed in 2012 by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) to this end. Commissioned by a group of municipalities and regional districts in the Georgia Basin (Figure 1), PCIC developed and analyzed a set of projections of future climate and climate extremes for the area. The full report, Georgia Basin, Projected Climate Change, Extremes and Historical Analysis, is available from PCIC’s online publications library.

  • Authors: Shumlich, M.J. and T.Q. Murdock Publication Date: Nov 2016

    Regional climate service providers such as the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) have often produced “grey literature” scientific project reports and impact assessments for the regional stakeholders they serve. These reports are suitable for those with some experience in adaptation and climate science. However, for the broader audience of policymakers, planners and the general public these reports are often too technical to be of use. To address the inaccessibility of these reports and provide usable information for decision making, PCIC has taken three main approaches. The first of these approaches is producing high-level summary reports to accompany some of PCIC’s more technical project reports. It is challenging to provide plain language summaries of the important findings without misleading readers or glossing over the subtleties of climate change impacts. However, anecdotal feedback from users indicates that the availability of summary reports dramatically increases the usability of the information provided to them. The second approach is collaborating and co-writing project reports directly with our users. This approach fosters constant learning, improved understanding and strengthens two-way communication between PCIC and regional stakeholders. The third approach is to develop short, high-level extension notes called science briefs. These cover regionally-relevant findings from the scientific community, contextualizing them and discussing what they mean for the users PCIC serves. They also serve as a way for PCIC to address frequently-asked questions in an in-depth manner. This poster discusses the methods and communication principles PCIC employs in the development of these projects and some of the lessons that have been learned along the way.

    (Delivered at the 7th Annual Northwest Climate Conference in Stevenson, Washington, November 14-16, 2016.)

  • Authors: T. Q. MURDOCK, D. NYLAND, S. SOBIE, AND J. WOLF Publication Date: Jun 2016

    Large scale infrastructure projects have long lifespans so planning them considers the long term. Highways in British Columbia are already experiencing extreme events beyond design capacity (see: photos at left). In 2008, the BC MOTI identied a pair of adaptation case studies, the results of which informed four streams of subsequent work (see timeline and other text boxes). A best practices summary of four years of adaptation work recommended MOTI produce a policy document. Following stakeholder and expert review, a ”Technical Circular” was published in 2015, requiring all projects for MOTI to consider climate. To assist with implementation, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC is developing comprehensive guidelines for engineers to mainstream adaptation into their practice.

  • Authors: The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium Publication Date: Apr 2016

    The City of Vancouver is warming. Global climate models project annual average temperature to increase by 1.7°C to 4.0°C, and indicate an average increase of 2.9°C between the 1971-2000 baseline and the 2050s. This fact sheet provides specific information intended to facilitate adaptation as the climate changes. All values in the summary are for the 2050s relative to the 1971-2000 baseline. Additional variables, seasons, projections for the 2080s, and maps were also produced and provided to the City of Vancouver.

  • Authors: The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium Publication Date: Apr 2016

    This memo summarizes some of the key information required for adaptation in the Whistler area. Projected changes include: increases to the intensity and frequency of heavy rain events; longer, hotter, drier summers and milder winters with reduced snowpack at lower elevations.

  • Source Publication: Climate Symposium 2014 – Findings and Recommendations. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96, ES145–ES147, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00003.1 Authors: Asrar, G, S. Bony, O. Boucher, A. Busalacchi, A. Cazenave, M. Dowell, G. Flato, G. Hegerl, E. Källén, T. Nakajima, A. Ratier, R. Saunders, J. Slingo, B. Sohn, J. Schmetz, B. Stevens, P. Zhang and F. Zwiers Publication Date: Sep 2015

    The Climate Symposium 2014, organized by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), was entitled “Climate Research and Earth Observation from Space—Climate Information for Decision Making.” Session topics revolved around the six Grand Science Challenges of the WCRP and addressed the specific need for, and role of, climate observations from space. Based on the presentations and discussions at the symposium, the Science Programme Committee identified main findings and recommendations, which are presented in this summary.

  • Authors: PCIC Publication Date: Jun 2014

    PCIC Update Contents: Project Focus Statistically Downscaling Climate Scenarios Across North America; Lectures by Aurelian Ribes on Detection and Attribution; Fall Launch of PCIC Seminar Series; IPCC Working Group III Report Approved; New Report and Summary: The Monthly Drought Code as a Metric for Fire Weather in Southeast BC; Congratulations to PCIC Researcher Christian Seiler on his Successful PhD Defense; PCIC Welcomes New Programmer Analyst and New Research Associate; Newsworthy Science; Recent Papers Authored by PCIC Staff.

    Additional search terms: Okanagan, Drought, Crop Yield, Ocean Conditions, Continental Shelf, Temperature and Precipitation Extremes across Gridded In Situ and Reanalysis Datasets, Shaham Sharifian, Sanjiv Kumar, Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution Network, CANSISE, Climate Change Mitigation, BCCAQ, CMIP5 NARCAPP, CordDEX.

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  • Authors: Francis Zwiers (PCIC), Markus Schnorbus (PCIC), Greg Maruszeczka (PCIC) Publication Date: Jul 2011
  • Authors: Arelia Werner (PCIC), Harpreet Jaswal (PCIC), Trevor Murdock (PCIC) Publication Date: Dec 2009

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