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TitleClimate change geoscience program year end report 2009-2010
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorRencz, A N
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 6670, 2010, 177 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is related to Climate Change Geoscience Program: 2006-2011 program final report
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut; Canada
NTS1; 2; 3; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33; 34; 35; 36; 37; 38; 39; 40; 41; 42; 43; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 52; 53; 54; 55; 56; 57; 58; 59; 62; 63; 64; 65; 66; 67; 68; 69; 72; 73; 74; 75; 76; 77; 78; 79; 82; 83; 84; 85; 86; 87; 88; 89; 92; 93; 94; 95; 96; 97; 98; 99; 102; 103; 104; 105; 106; 107; 114O; 114P; 115; 116; 117; 120; 340; 560
Lat/Long WENS-141.0000 -50.0000 90.0000 41.7500
Subjectsenvironmental geology; hydrogeology; Nature and Environment; environmental impacts; environmental studies; environmental analysis; climate; climate effects; water quality; Climate change
Illustrationstables; images; graphs; plots
ProgramClimate Change Geoscience
Released2010 10 08
AbstractThe Climate Change Geoscience Program (CCG) at the Earth Science Sector (ESS) contributes to adapting to environmental impacts from climate change through the provision of critical earth science information to support policy and regulation decisions. The interaction between the development of a scientific knowledge base and the development of appropriate policy decisions is fundamental to achieving meaningful outcomes.
The program's fundamental role lies in providing a suitable base of geoscience knowledge, accomplished by identifying the knowledge needs and gaps through collaboration with stakeholders. Specifically the geoscience in the CCG Program focuses on those environmental variables that will be most impacted and altered by a changing climate namely the cryosphere (permafrost, glaciers and snow cover), water (availability trends and impacts as well as water level changes) and vulnerable landscapes (particularly coastal areas and northern ecosystems). Significant changes to these components of the environment will affect Canadians, their prosperity and ability to benefit from their environment.
Scientific activities will quantify the environmental impacts using leading edge techniques that provide excellent knowledge and predictive insights. The scientific knowledge base is being delivered through a mix of earth observation, both remote and in-situ, and quantitative assessments of landscape and ecosystem response. Projects are multi-disciplinary respecting the multi-dimensionality of environmental issues and the need to study the interaction between variables.
Northern vulnerability is particularly highlighted in the program as evidence for more rapid climate change and accelerating impacts in northern Canada has been cited as a critical driver in the government's Northern Strategy which also recognizes environmental degradation, vulnerable infrastructure, and transportation as areas requiring attention. The outcome will be achieved through engagement in the current round of national and international assessments, in particular through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as well as the International Polar Year (IPY).

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