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TitleImpacts of future climate change on the Fraser River delta and its urban estuary
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorTaylor, E
SourceFraser River Delta, British Columbia: Issues of an Urban Estuary; by Groulx, B J (ed.); Mosher, D C (ed.); Luternauer, J L (ed.); Bilderback, D E (ed.); Geological Survey of Canada, Bulletin no. 567, 2004 p. 99-110, (Open Access)
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Groulx, B J; Mosher, D C; Luternauer, J L; Bilderback, D E; (2004). Fraser River Delta, British Columbia: Issues of an Urban Estuary, Geological Survey of Canada, Bulletin no. 567
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia
NTS92G/01; 92G/02; 92G/03; 92G/06; 92G/07; 92G/08
AreaFraser River; Fraser River Delta
Lat/Long WENS-123.5000 -122.0000 49.5000 49.0000
Subjectsenvironmental geology; Nature and Environment; climate effects; climate; temperature; precipitation; sea level changes; health hazards; climate change; agriculture
Illustrationssketch maps; graphs; tables
Released2004 10 01
AbstractIncreasing concentrations of greenhouse gases threaten to increase the average global temperature and total precipitation. Unchecked, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide will have doubled relative to preindustrial times within the next 50-80 years. This may cause regional climate patterns around the world to change substantially. The magnitude and timing of these regional climate changes can only be estimated, making it difficult to accurately predict how physical and biological systems will change in the Fraser River delta or anywhere else in the world. Responses could range from a substantial rise in sea level that could threaten the dyking systems of the Fraser River delta, to an increased immigration pressure on the Fraser River delta from environmental refugees fleeing climate-change-ravaged homelands outside of Canada. Knowledge of the potential changes that might put pressure on the Fraser River delta will be useful in planning the development of the delta for the future.

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