Building an Adaptation Tool for Visualizing the Coastal Impacts of Climate Change on Prince Edward Island, Canada

Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)


A quantitative risk assessment of Prince Edward Island’s coastal residences (homes, cottages), safety and security infrastructure (roads, bridges, water treatment plants, hospitals, fire departments, etc.) and heritage (churches, graveyards, lighthouses, archaeological sites, parks, etc.) was conducted for every one meter of coastline by estimating the possible future coastlines for Prince Edward Island. Over 1000 residences (houses and cottages) and 17 lighthouses were shown to be vulnerable to coastal erosion. Such scientific results were significant but were threatened to sit on a shelf in a scientific report unless communicated sufficiently to the organizations and communities of Prince Edward Island. A geovisual interface, known as the CoastaL Impacts Visualization Environment (CLIVE), was developed enabling citizens to interactively navigate and view a 3-dimensional (3D) virtual environment of the province of Prince Edward Island constructed from accurate historical spatial data and recent LiDAR surveys of topography. A public engagement tour was held across Prince Edward Island during the month of July 2014 at eight communities. This paper introduces the results of the coastal erosion study, the development of the CLIVE tool, and the results of a public consultation.


Coastal erosion Climate change adaptation Visualization Prince Edward Island Canada 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Climate Research LabUniversity of Prince Edward IslandCharlottetownCanada
  2. 2.Spatial Interface Research LabSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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