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TitleImplications of climate change for economic development in northern Canada: energy, resource, and transportation sectors
AuthorProwse, T D; Furgal, C; Chouinard, R; Melling, H; Milburn, D; Smith, S L
SourceAMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment vol. 38, no. 5, 2009 p. 272-281,
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20080589
PublisherRoyal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceNorthern offshore region; Northwest Territories; Nunavut
AreaBathurst Inlet; Lupin; Izok; Yellowknife; Barrow Strait; McClintock Channel; Northwest Passage
Lat/Long WENS-144.0000 -80.0000 74.0000 68.0000
Subjectsmarine geology; environmental geology; Nature and Environment; environmental studies; environmental impacts; transportation; sea level fluctuations; sea level changes; ice; ice conditions; climate change
Illustrationslocation maps; photographs; histograms
ProgramEnhancing resilience in a changing climate
AbstractNorthern Canada is projected to experience major changes to its climate, which will have major implications for northern economic development. Some of these, such as mining and oil and gas development, have experienced rapid expansion in recent years and are likely to expand further, partly as the result of indirect effects of changing climate. This article reviews how a changing climate will affect several economic sectors including the hydroelectric, oil and gas, and mining industries as well as infrastructure and transportation, both marine and freshwater. Of particular importance to all sectors are projected changes in the cryosphere, which will create both problems and opportunities. Potential adaptation strategies that could be used to minimize the negative impacts created by a climate change are also reviewed.

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