A selection of Web links are listed below that we have found very useful in our coastal research. Some are useful for monitoring and viewing real-time conditions along the coast during storms while others contain specialized or regional information related to the coastal zone or issues affecting coastal stability. We have also provided a few links to national and international committees, research agencies, provincial government departments and other organizations which focus on physical coastal issues. The list of Web sites is divided as follows:
Coastal process links (real or near real-time information)
- Wave and wave prediction
- Water levels and tides
- Sea ice
- Operational Significant Event imagery (OAA Satellite and Information Services)
- Web cam sites
National and international committees
Coastal Zone Canada Association
The Coastal Zone Canada Association sponsors a series of international conferences.
Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee
The ACZISC is an intergovernmental and intersectoral committee to provide a focus and forum for the development and coordination of a regional coastal zone information infrastructure and the promotion of integrated coastal zone management initiatives.
Contact: Andy Sherin, Chairman
National Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN)
The Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) is made up of linked organizations and individuals involved in ecological monitoring in Canada to better detect, describe, and report on ecosystem changes.
Contact: Leslie Wakelyn
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The IPCC was formed in 1988 by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Its role is to assess the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change.
Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA)
An international project of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), to evaluate and synthesize knowledge on climate variability, climate change, and increased ultraviolet radiation and their consequences.
Coastal Education and Research Foundation [CERF]
A nonprofit corporation dedicated to the advancement of the coastal sciences.
Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ)
Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme: A study of Global Change (IGBP) of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU).
- Coastal Zone Canada Association
Universities and other research organizations
South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)
SOPAC's mission is to improve the well being of Pacific Island member countries through the application of geoscience to the management and sustainable development of their non-living resources.
- Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER)
DINAS-COAST stands for Dynamic and Interactive Assessment of National, Regional and Global Vulnerability of Coastal Zones to Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise. It is a new project under the EU Fifth Framework Programme, Thematic Priority Mitigation and Adaptation to Global Change.
- ArcticNet, along with their partners, brings together scientists and managers to study the impacts of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic.
- StormSmart Coasts program is designed to help coastal communities address the challenges arising from storms, floods, sea level rise, and climate change, and provides a menu of tools for successful coastal floodplain management.
- United States Geological Survey
- Shoreline Mapping (NOAA Coastal Services Centre)
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Center for Applied Coastal Research, University of Delaware
- College of Oceans and Atmospheric Science (COAS) Oregon State University
- South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)
Federal and provincial government departments
- Natural Resources Canada
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans
- Canadian Heritage - Parks Canada
Regional Environmental Emergencies Team (REET)
In 1973, Environment Canada set up national and regional committees to give advice on how to prevent, plan for and respond to environmental emergencies. These committees, or "teams", are made up of representatives from federal and provincial government agencies responsible for environmental protection, and from private industry. Each regional committee is referred to as the Regional Environmental Emergency Team, or REET.
- Canadian Ice Centre
- Regional Environmental Emergencies Team (REET)
Provincial and territorial agencies
- Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Environment
Province of Manitoba
- Mineral Resources Division
- Manitoba Conservation
Province of New Brunswick
Natural Resources and Energy, Minerals Office
Coastal Zone and Surficial Geology
Contacts: Dominique Bérubé, Jacques J. Thibault
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador
Contact: David Liverman
The Province of Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Parks and Recreation Division
RR 1, Belmont,
Nova Scotia, Canada
Contact: Art Lynds
- Province of Prince Edward Island
Regional geographic sites
- The Bay of Fundy
Southern Gulf of St Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability
Coastal erosion is a major issue for the Southern Gulf and the committee is pursuing ways to address this concern such as preparing fact sheets, e.g. the pros and cons of various coastal erosion protection structures.