Climate Adaptation in the Lower Skeena

Description: To understand the perceptions and needs of the communities of Prince Rupert, Lax Kw’alaams and Terrace, UBC sociologists and graduate students carried out in-depth interviews with community leaders, exploring and quantifying their perception of climate and climate change, how each community values the natural environment, and how these values and perceptions have changed over the past two decades. Coupled with the community studies, vegetation modellers from ESSA worked with their counterparts at the ARVE modelling group at L’École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, to develop and apply the climate sensitive LPJ-Guess vegetation model to a 32,000-km2 landscape within the Skeena watershed. The sociological and ecological studies were complemented by additional concurrent landscape planning research done by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Cortex Consultants, and by a program to sample and monitor fisheries sensitive watersheds, sponsored by the BC Ministry of Environment.

Key Words: Climate change, fish, model, research, Skeena, Skeena watershed, water

Additional Resources:

Lead Organization Brinkman Forest, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada, UBC, Cortex, ESSA, L’École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Regional Focus Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Primary Contact James Casey, WWF Analyst, Freshwater Conservation

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