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TitleClimate Change Geoscience Program: 2006-2011 program final report
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorRencz, A N
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 6879, 2012, 261 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication contains the following publications
RelatedThis publication is related to Climate change geoscience program year end report 2009-2010
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut; Canada
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Subjectsenvironmental geology; hydrogeology; surficial geology/geomorphology; geophysics; marine geology; Nature and Environment; environmental impacts; environmental studies; environmental analysis; climate; climate effects; water quality; watersheds; surface waters; climate, arctic; freezing ground; ground ice; ground temperatures; permafrost; peat; peat bogs; fens; terrain sensitivity; faunas; faunal studies; faunal distribution; landscape types; mapping techniques; remote sensing; modelling; sea level changes; sea level fluctuations; thermal imagery; thermal analyses; coastal studies; coastal environment; ice; ice sheets; glaciers; glaciology; ecosystems; Climate change; Cenozoic; Quaternary
Illustrationstables; images; graphs; plots; flow charts; location maps; satellite images
ProgramClimate Change Geoscience
Released2012 03 27
The Climate Change Geoscience Program (CCG) was a five year science program conducted between 2006-2011 at the Earth Science Sector (ESS) within Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). The objective of the program was to provide critical earth science information that would support policy and regulation decisions on adapting to environmental impacts from climate change. The program's success was based on the development of a scientific knowledge base and the integration of this knowledge into policy decisions that would mitigate any risk of climate change on the welfare of Canadians.
The program's basic role lies in providing a base of geoscience knowledge, accomplished by identifying the knowledge needs and gaps through collaboration with stakeholders. Specifically the geoscience in the CCG Program focused on those environmental variables that will be most impacted and altered by a changing climate namely:
1) the cryosphere (permafrost, glaciers and snow cover),
2) water (availability trends and impacts as well as water level changes) and
3) vulnerable landscapes (particularly coastal areas and northern ecosystems).
The knowledge base is being delivered through a mix of earth observation, both remote and in-situ, and quantitative assessments of landscape and ecosystem response. This includes looking at the past and present in order to increase our certainty in making decisions for the future. The scientific accomplishments as presented in this document have been well recognized in advancing the scientific knowledge base on climate change science. These include recognition by scientific groups such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economics and contributing towards a Noble Prize for outstanding achievements. The list of publications is presented as a separate document and includes over 150 articles. (ADD some more detail).
The scientific findings have and will continue to provide the necessary understanding to ensure that we will be better able to adapt to changes in our environment resulting from a changing climate. In all cases partnerships with user communities were fundamental to ensure that knowledge was relevant and would be ultimately used in decision making. This was achieved by working directly with stakeholders from key economic and natural resource sectors, communities, scientific and professional institutions, governments and industry, within an integrated risk assessment framework. The user community has been appreciative of the program's contribution including the acknowledgement by Daniel Shewchuk, Minister of Environment for Nunavut on the contribution of the Northern Collaborative on Climate Change to the development of "… the best climate change adaptation plan in Canada. "
Northern vulnerability was particularly highlighted in the program, responding to the federal government's Northern Strategy vision. The strategy notes the heightened need for climate change in the North and results from the CCG Program will set the stage for
continued scientific contributions on adapting to climate change in Canada's North. Partnerships that were forged provide an opportunity to collaborate on future activities.
This final report highlights the success of the Program and illustrates the scientific accomplishments of dedicated scientists. As a result the Program has accomplished the difficult task of undertaking and completing a variety of scientific activities on climate change that have and will continue to benefit Canadians by providing information that will guide decisions on adapting to climate change.
As a final point a special acknowledgement is extended to Dr. Phil Hill who was the initial Program Manager and set the framework and spirit for the program.

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