Climate Change Science

A changing climate has the potential to affect northern terrain and coastline stability, thus affecting critical infrastructure and communities. The Climate Change Geoscience Program generates sound geoscience information to help reduce the uncertainties associated with development of critical infrastructure for resource industries operating in the north.

The national and sectoral science assessments of climate change impacts and adaptation present the latest body of knowledge for Canadians, and help inform the planning of programs, policies and actions. The Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program supports the development of such knowledge.

Climate change-related science at NRCan provides high-quality data and evidence-based information to Canadian policy makers, regulators, decision makers or the general public. NRCan work in this area focuses on:

  • equipping forest sector decision makers with information and tools that enable them to assess changing climate impacts on forests and to undertake adaptation actions to mitigate risks and seize opportunities
  • conducting geoscience to support climate change adaptation measures in Canada’s vulnerable regions (e.g., permafrost and coastal areas, floodplains)
  • developing collaborative knowledge assessments on climate impacts and adaptation to inform planning of Canadian programs, policies and action
  • Conducting research to support climate change adaptation measures for the Canadian mining sector including assessing remediation options and ecosystem risk management in a changing climate

Topics include:

  • Forests and climate change
  • Supporting adaptation in permafrost areas
  • Supporting adaptation in coastal areas
  • Advancing efforts to protect from floods in vulnerable regions
  • Impact and adaptation knowledge assessments

Federal Programs

  • The Forest Change Program integrates decades of climate change research into a single multidisciplinary program, which supports forest sector competitiveness by identifying climate change risks and opportunities, providing adaptation options and promoting collaboration for adaptation.
  • Climate Change Geoscience Program The Climate Change Geoscience Program generates sound geoscience information to help reduce the uncertainties associated with development of critical infrastructure for resource industries operating in the north.
  • The ESS Environmental Geoscience Program
  • The Adaptation to Climate Change Program facilitates the development and sharing of adaptation information, knowledge, and tools to plan and implement practical measures that increase the climate resilience of Canadian communities and industry, and enhance well-being and economic competitiveness. Towards this goal, NRCan chairs and convenes Canada’s (collaborative) Climate Change Adaptation Platform.
  • Remote Sensing Science Program