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Risk Assessment

These tools support adaptation risk assessment.

The tools were supported or created by the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division (CCIAD), Natural Resources Canada. They are made available here in the language of the author, and do not constitute an endorsement of content or recommendations.

ADAPTool (Adaptive Design and Assessment Policy Tool)

Landing page of Tool, titled, « Generate an ADAPTool Spreadsheet »

(Web-based tool) (2013)

The ADAPTool was designed to evaluate a suite of public policies and programs for their ability to adapt to climate change, among other stressors. The user answers 15 questions through an online user interface and interactive workbook. The development of the ADAPTool was lead by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community

cover page of guide, titled, 7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community – Workbook & Case Studies

HTML (PDFs) (2012)

This workbook, developed through the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association, helps communities plan for climate change by providing seven steps to assess vulnerability in the following areas: flooding, coastal vulnerability, slope movement, drinking water supply, winter and wildfire. This workbook is complemented by the Managing Municipal Infrastructure in a Changing Climate Workbook (PDF, 891.36 kb).

The following case studies were created for the Newfoundland and Labrador communities which pilot tested the workbook:

Infrastructure Climate Risk Protocol

Cover page of tool, titled, PIEVC Engineering Protocol For Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation to a Changing Climate

(PDF, 9.6 MB) (2011)

The Protocol guides infrastructure designers, owners and/or operators through a process of assessing climate change impacts on all or part of an infrastructure system, towards incorporating adaptation in design, management, and decommissioning. Created by the PIEVC, the Protocol is available free of charge by entering into a license agreement with Engineers Canada. This enables usage tracking and feedback on use.


Adapting to Climate Change: A Risk Based Guide for Local Governments

Page couverture du guide intitulée «  Adapting to Climate Change: A Risk Based Guide for Local Governments »

(PDF, 157 KB) (2010)

This national guide, produced for the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC), provides a process to help users identify, analyze and communicate risks posed by climate change. It follows a standard risk management approach and uses Canadian terminology. The guide provides a methodology and helpful hints on the risk assessment process.


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