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Global experts to help Vancouver prepare for flood-related impacts of sea level rise

September 8 2017

"The massive costs and damages from flooding due to sea level rise can't be ignored."

King tide in Vancouver

To support Vancouver's response to sea level rise and managing coastal floods, global and local experts on climate change will visit our city over the coming months to discuss climate impacts on coastal areas.

Free lecture series

In partnership with SFU's Adaptation to Climate Change Team, and other groups, the City is co-hosting a free lecture series featuring local and international experts on a range of topics related to sea level rise, including the science behind it, what to expect globally, and what we can do about it locally.

This series is part of a larger strategy to raise awareness of the issues and to engage the public in proactive planning to protect and prepare our communities.

"This year's devastating forest fires, deterioration of air quality across the province and extreme weather events are a foreboding reminder that the impacts of climate change are a real and present danger to Vancouver," says Mayor Gregor Robertson. "The massive costs and damages from flooding due to sea level rise can't be ignored. Vancouver is taking proactive steps to protect our land, environment, people's homes and iconic landmarks from the impacts of sea level rise, and I'm looking forward to hearing more from international experts in the coming months to help the City up the ante on how we prepare and plan for climate change impacts."

Impacts of climate change

Sea level rise is considered by climate experts to be one of the most profound ecological changes in recorded human history.

Currently, the City is basing response plans on the provincial government's sea level rise projections of half-a-meter by 2050 and a meter by 2100, meaning that 13-square-kilometers of Vancouver's land could be lost if no flood management interventions are taken.

Globally, flood-related impacts of climate change are already causing billions of dollars in damage. Many coastal cities, like Vancouver, are now taking proactive measures to enhance their communities and prevent against increased flooding and damage costs down the road.

Learn more about our actions on sea level rise

Draw the line on climate change

In addition to attending the lecture series, we are asking residents to make a pledge to protect our shorelines and oceans, now and for future generations.

Every resident will need to take action on climate change by reducing carbon emissions in an effort to limit sea level rise as much as possible.

By making the pledge to decrease environmental impacts, residents will participate in collective action with long-lasting results to keep Vancouver's shorelines safe.

Learn more and make a pledge

Register for the free lecture series

Sea Level Rise in Deep History: Coastal First Nations Flood Stories

Date and time: September 21, 2017 at 7:00pm
Location: SFU Centre for Dialogue

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Sea Level Rise and the International Response - Policy Action

Date and time: October 5, 2017 at 6:30pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre

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Sea Level Rise and Forced Migration, The Challenges for Climate Refugees

Date and time: October 19, 2017 at 7:00pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre

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Sea Level Rise - The Big Picture

Date and time: November 8, 2017 at 7:00pm
Location: SFU Centre for Dialogue 

Register now

Events organized by SFU's Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), in partnership with the Pacific Water Research Centre, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, City of Vancouver, and the Vancouver Aquarium.