Climate Change Publications

Impacts and Adaptation Publications

Assessment Reports

The Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division (CCIAD) leads the development of collaborative, national and sectoral science assessments that present the latest knowledge on climate change impacts and adaptation for Canadians.

These assessments are scientific reports that assess, critically analyze and synthesize the growing knowledge base on the issue. Working with subject matter experts in government, universities and non-government organizations, CCIAD produces science assessments that are current, relevant and accessible sources of information, to help inform planning of policies, program and actions.

Completed Assessment Reports

Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation is an update to the 2008 report, From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate. The report assesses literature published since 2007 on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability in Canada.  It includes chapters on natural resources, food production, industry, biodiversity and protected areas, human health, and water and transportation infrastructure.
From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate (2008) assesses risks and opportunities presented by climate change, and actions being taken to address them, from a regional perspective.
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Canadian Perspective (2004) takes a sectoral approach in summarizing understanding of climate change impacts and adaptation issues.

Assessment Reports in Development

Coastal Assessment

This assessment focuses on climate change impacts and adaptation in Canada’s marine coastal regions. Considering both the natural and built environments, the report aims to provide answers to questions such as “how is the climate changing in coastal regions?”, “how are these changes affecting the physical coastline, communities, ecosystems and economic sectors?”, and “how are Canadians adapting to these changes to reduce risks or take advantage of potential opportunities?”  The report will provide an up-to-date, credible source of information to inform decision-making on coastal planning, management and the development of climate change adaptation strategies.

Transportation Assessment

This assessment will address climate change risks, opportunities and adaptation practices for the Canadian transportation sector. Co-led by Transport Canada, this assessment will provide an up-to-date, accessible source of information to inform decision-making and policy development, for both the transportation sector and economic sectors reliant upon transportation systems.

Case Studies

Adapting to Climate Change: An Introduction for Canadian Municipalities (2010) (PDF, 2.8 MB).
CCIAD primer to inform municipal decision-makers of approaches that Canadian communities of all sizes are taking to advance adaptation.

Guide to Writing Community Adaptation Case Studies (2011) (PDF, 1.43 MB).
Guidebook, complete with examples, prepared by the Clean Air Partnership (CAP) on behalf of CCIAD’s Regional Adaptation Collaborative Program.

The case studies presented here demonstrate how communities, government departments and agencies, non-governmental organizations and industry are acting on adaptation.

All documents were created or supported by CCIAD, NRCan. They were written for planners, policy-makers, resource managers and others who seek practical knowledge for the development of adaptation plans, strategies and actions. Case studies cover a wide array of topics, including agriculture, coastal management, energy, communities, fisheries, forestry, health, infrastructure, mining, transportation, and water resources.

Case studies are made available here in the language of the author.

They are grouped by Canadian region, below.



Project Reports

Here you will find adaptation project reports developed with the support of CCIAD, NRCan.

These reports are presented in the language of the author.

CCIAD's past research reports on climate change impacts and adaptation are temporarily offline. If you are looking for a specific report, please contact adaptation[at]

Tools and Guides

These Tools and Guides provide a practical, step-wise approach to assess risks and opportunities from a changing climate, and provide guidance for planning and implementing adaptations. They can be used for a variety of purposes from a high-level review of risks and opportunities, to detailed planning or preparation of a business case.

They were developed with the support of, or created by, CCIAD, NRCan.

The tools and guides are presented in the language of the author, and do not constitute an endorsement of content or recommendations.


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