This research project is a continuation of the Local Climate Change Visioning Tools and Process for Community Decision Making project. Our aim is to develop a prototype for improved community planning to localize, spatialize, and visualize climate change effects using downscaled climate modeling, geospatial information, and the best available land-use models. Versions of the prototype process and tools will be tested in four case study communities across Canada: in Greater Vancouver, downtown Toronto, the Bow River watershed in Alberta, and Clyde River in Nunavut.
Clyde River is an arctic Hamlet of approximately 1,000 people in Canada’s Nunavut Territory. Arctic regions are seeing rapid changes in weather, landscape and lifestyle as a result of climate change, communities are geographically dispersed and culturally distinct from the central government. Climate change planning in this context is especially challenging, and this project seeks to understand the role that 4D visioning might play in assisting communities and governments better adapt to the changes ahead.
Researchers from CALP are working with the Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre in Clyde River, and with Natural Resources Canada to collaboratively develop and model future development scenarios based on key community priorities. Community meetings, radio shows, mapping workshops, and 3D modeling have all been used to communicate these scenarios to different audiences.
Future work will continue to share this work with relevant decision-makers in the Government of Nunavut and beyond, and to evaluate its potential usefulness to future planning projects in the north.
View the latest poster series from the March 2012 trip to Clyde River, Nunavut, which completes 4 years of collaborative research for this case study in connection to landscape hazards, climate, population, community design, land use, energy use and quality of life in Clyde River both now and in the future.
Download a 2-page summary of the project from January, 2011. Other information may be available on the ITTAQ’s website (under their Projects page).
Read Laura Cornish’s MA thesis: Can 4D Visioning Foster Community Responses on Climate Change?
For more information on this project please contact, David Flanders David.Flanders@ubc.ca
Funded by: GEOIDE Networks of Centres of Excellence (Phase IV 2009 – 2012)
Project Leader: Dr. Stephen Sheppard
CALP Researchers: David Flanders, Ellen Pond, Sara Barron, Olaf Schroth, Kristi Tatebe
UBC Students: Laura Cornish, Nick Sinkewicz, Jia Cheng