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TitleUsing strategic partnerships to advance urban heat island adaptation in the greater Toronto area
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorBehan, K J; Mate, D; Maloley, M; Penney, J
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 6865, 2011, 35 pages; 1 CD-ROM, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital; CD-ROM
RelatedThis publication contains Appendix A, final report: ESS - Enhancing resilience in a changing climate program, building resilience to climate change in Canadian communities project, urban heat island advisory group
RelatedThis publication is related to Thermal remote sensing of urban heat island effects: greater Toronto area
File formatreadme
File formatpdf; rtf; xml; tif; xls; rrd; jpg
NTS30M/12; 30M/13; 30M/14
AreaToronto; Brampton; Ajax; Markham; Oakville; Mississauga; Richmond Hill
Lat/Long WENS-79.7500 -79.0000 43.8333 43.5000
Subjectsgeophysics; environmental geology; Nature and Environment; remote sensing; temperature; ground temperatures; thermal analyses; thermal imagery; satellite imagery; environmental studies; environmental impacts; health hazards; Landsat
Illustrationslocation maps; satellite images; tables
ProgramClimate Change Geoscience
Released2011 06 22
AbstractSince 2006, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Clean Air Partnership (CAP) have been engaged in a capacity building collaboration focused on adapting to extreme heat in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Initial discussions focused on facilitating scientific data collection to identify and characterize urban heat vulnerabilities in the GTA, but evolved considerably in scope and breadth of focus over a five year period. The collaborative process led to the development of new climate change adaptation planning tools, facilitated the engagement of GTA municipalities in the use of geomatic information in planning to reduce the impacts of urban heat and motivated GTA municipalities to develop projects and programs to protect their communities from urban heat island effects and the expected impacts of climate change.
The development of a strategic advisory group was critical in fostering the collaborative process and encouraged the creation of lasting partnerships and capacity building in the region. The group helped establish project goals and objectives, and provided a communications hub that spurred constructive dialogue, encouraging the creation of a range of new ideas and resultant projects. The advisory group demonstrated elasticity, a willingness to work together, an ability to reach agreement and to communicate effectively; essential traits in successful collaborations.

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