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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorNyland, D; Nodelman, J R; Barnes, J
SourceRisques climatiques et pratiques en matière d'adaptation pour le secteur canadien des transports 2016; by Palko, K G (ed.); Lemmen, D S (ed.); 2017 p. 73-114, Open Access logo Open Access
LinksOnline - En ligne
PublisherGovernment of Canada
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Risques climatiques et pratiques en matière d'adaptation pour le secteur canadien des transports 2016
RelatedThis publication is a translation of British Columbia
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia
NTS82E; 82F; 82G; 82J; 82K; 82L; 82M; 82N; 82O; 83C; 83D; 83E; 92; 93; 94; 102; 103; 104; 114O; 114P
Lat/Long WENS-139.1667 -114.0000 60.0000 48.0000
SubjectsNature and Environment; Transport; Economics and Industry; surficial geology/geomorphology; hydrogeology; Health and Safety; climate; climate effects; climate, arctic; ice; snow; sea level changes; floods; meteorology; precipitation; temperature; landslides; coastal environment; Climate change; Climate change adaptation; Air transport; Aviation; Water transport; Rail transport; Road transport; Infrastructures; Natural hazards; Forest fires; Extreme weather; cumulative effects
Illustrationssketch maps; tables; photographs; flow diagrams
ProgramClimate Change Impacts and Adaptation
ProgramClimate Change Impacts and Adaptation Canada in a Changing Climate
Released2017 01 01; 2019 07 15
Key Findings Transportation systems in British Columbia have demonstrated vulnerability to extreme weather and changes in climate. Impacts of particular concern include those associated with: Extreme precipitation, such as atmospheric river (Pineapple Express) events, affecting road and rail networks, marine transportation lanes, and airport facilities; Sea level rise and storm surge, increasing the risks of flooding and damage to fixed coastal infrastructure, including Vancouver International Airport, Sandspit Airport on Haida Gwaii, and the Port of Vancouver; High winds, affecting marine transportation lanes; and, Visibility issues, affecting airport operations, particularly in the British Columbia interior. Land transportation routes within British Columbia often occupy restricted corridors through mountains and along coastlines. In these settings, flooding (associated with extreme precipitation or snowmelt) and slope failures have resulted in infrastructure failures to road and rail systems in the past. Events that have affected one of these modes have typically also affected the other. While previous efforts to reduce climate risks to transportation systems were often reactive, and based on historical information, there is indication that this is changing. Transportation entities are now inclined to become involved in broader future focused climate change studies and to incorporate these finding into their systems. Climate change vulnerability assessments and revised and updated infrastructure design criteria can improve planning and adaptation efforts for British Columbia's transportation infrastructure. The provincial government has conducted vulnerability assessments for highway systems and continues to monitor and assess sea level rise. The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is one of the first jurisdictions to require infrastructure design work for the ministry to include climate change implications. Given the interconnectedness of transportation networks in British Columbia, there is opportunity to share research, risk analysis, and adaptation best practices across modes.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This report presents the current state of knowledge about climate risks to the Canadian transportation sector, and identifies existing or potential adaptation practices. The report includes six regional chapters and one urban chapter which reflect the different climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and opportunities across Canada. Adaptation approaches are discussed and case studies highlight adaptation actions and practices. A synthesis chapter brings together the report's key findings. Co-led by Transport Canada and Natural Resources Canada, the development of this report synthesized over 700 publications and involved 42 lead and contributing authors, and over 228 expert reviewers.

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