Downscaling and visioning of mountain snow packs and other climate change implications in North Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Stewart Jay Cohen
  • Stephen Sheppard
  • Alison Shaw
  • David Flanders
  • Sarah Burch
  • Bill Taylor
  • David Hutchinson
  • Alex Cannon
  • Stuart Hamilton
  • Brent Burton
  • Jeff Carmichael
Original Article

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of a collaborative study on visualizing climate change at the local scale. A conceptual framework has been developed, in which local scenarios and visualizations of climate change impacts and response were created to facilitate local dialogue on incorporating climate change into long-term planning and implementation of community development decisions. As part of a larger effort to generate a new integrated participatory visioning process, this paper describes a case study of the District of North Vancouver which created visualizations of changing mountain snow and landscape conditions, and provides new insights on issues and dilemmas in using realistic landscape visualizations to depict scientific modelling projections, local responses to climate change, and uncertainty. Results from this study suggest that the visualizations, and subsequent dialogue sessions, did influence emotional response to climate change as well as self-assessed understanding of adaptation and mitigation response options. However, there is a need to test this visioning process with larger heterogeneous groups of participants in order to better assess its effectiveness in enabling dialogue on local responses to climate change.

Keywords

Adaptation Climate change Participatory process Snowpack modelling Urban planning Visualization Water management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stewart Jay Cohen
    • 1
    • 9
    • 10
  • Stephen Sheppard
    • 2
  • Alison Shaw
    • 2
    • 5
  • David Flanders
    • 2
  • Sarah Burch
    • 2
    • 6
  • Bill Taylor
    • 3
    • 7
  • David Hutchinson
    • 3
  • Alex Cannon
    • 3
  • Stuart Hamilton
    • 3
    • 8
  • Brent Burton
    • 4
  • Jeff Carmichael
    • 4
  1. 1.Adaptation & Impacts Research Section, Environment CanadaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, Department of Forest Resources ManagementUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Pacific & Yukon RegionEnvironment CanadaVancouverCanada
  4. 4.Metro VancouverBurnabyCanada
  5. 5.Sauder School of BusinessUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  6. 6.Environmental Change InstituteUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  7. 7.BlaineUSA
  8. 8.Aquatic InformaticsVancouverCanada
  9. 9.Department of Forest Resources ManagementUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  10. 10.Environment Canada at University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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