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A Collaborative Approach to Developing and Using Regional Climate Data in the GTA

November 25, 2020 | Posted byPublié par : CIP | Elevation
This session will provide an overview of initiatives by the municipally-led Natural Environment and Climate Change Collaborative. This group comprises staff from the Regional Municipality of Durham, eight lower-tier municipalities, and five conservation authorities. By enlisting the services of the Ontario Climate Consortium, with funding from Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Collaborative has updated climate change projections for Durham Region using the latest best practices, including capturing Great Lakes influences in regional modelling. This work supports implementation of the award-winning Durham Community Climate Adaptation Plan. Located immediately east of Toronto, Durham includes a mix of large urban centres and different scales of rural settlements, making this work broadly applicable to many communities across Canada. We will discuss how climate information is being used in watershed planning, official plans, and climate adaptation program implementation across different sectors. We will also look at new tools for translating climate model outputs into plain language and training for practitioners.




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