Through its various projects and initiatives, the Climate Risk Institute hosts free online webinars with leading climate change experts, highlighting the latest topics and research. Below you will find information on upcoming webinars, as well as recordings of past webinars, some of which were hosted under CRI’s predecessor, the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR).
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September 6, 2018 Presented by: John Liu (Senior Science Advisor on Climate Change, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks) This presentation provided an opportunity for the audience to learn some fundamentals of climate change and climate modelling, and bring them up-to-date on what the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has been doing on high resolution regional climate modelling in support of adaptation. As many climate change adaptation practitioners know, due to the coarse resolution of global climate models (GCMs) they are unable to resolve local geophysical features at regional/local scales, such as the Great…Read More
November 29, 2018 Presented by: Dr. Philip Byer (Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto) Climate change has major implications for the planning and design of many types of projects. Climate-related events such as heat waves and flooding, as well as more gradual changes in average climate, can affect the condition and performance of project infrastructure and can change the effects of the project on the environment. While climate conditions have long been considered in project planning processes, typical practices do not yet adequately address the effects of climate change. This webinar presents a set of best and…Read More
May 2, 2019 Presented by: Jack Satzewich (Research Assistant, ACT – Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University) Dan Straker (Research Assistant, ACT – Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University) Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions are gaining traction as their benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation become better understood. Meanwhile, biodiversity loss is emerging as a global crisis that carries a similar level of urgency to climate change. ACT, SFU researchers have been investigating ways that cities could take a more intentional, regional approach to planning green infrastructure in ways that benefit biodiversity in a changing…Read More
March 6, 2018 Presented by: Kevin Behan (Deputy Director, Clean Air Partnership) Ewa Jackson (Managing Director, ICLEI Canada) Adaptation indicators gauge the progress and effectiveness of independent adaptation actions as well as those measures being implemented as part of proposed or existing adaptation plans. When monitoring adaptation, it is important to consider the changes in actual impacts across similar weather events. This allows for differentiation between the effectiveness of adaptation actions and the actual climatic changes and weather events occurring that will affect how you are being impacted. The indicators examined as part of this webinar are not intended to…Read More
January 30, 2018 Presented by: Darren Swanson (Associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Consultant to the United Nations Development Group, and Director of Novel Futures Corporation) Public policies that cannot perform effectively under today’s complex, dynamic and uncertain conditions run the risk of not achieving their intended purpose. Instead of helping, they may actually hinder the ability of individuals, communities and businesses to cope with and adapt to change. Creating Adaptive Policies: A Guide for Policy-making in an Uncertain World was among the very first books to distill the principles of complex adaptive systems and adaptive management into…Read More
October 12, 2017 Presented by: Don Lemmen (Research Manager, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division, Natural Resources Canada) Dominique Auger (Policy Analyst, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division, Natural Resources Canada) Monica Harvey (Policy Analyst, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division, Natural Resources Canada) Fiona Warren (Senior Science Advisor, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division, Natural Resources Canada) Canada’s climate change Adaptation Platform, chaired by Natural Resources Canada, facilitates collaboration among a wide range of members towards increasing the resilience of industry and communities to a changing climate. Members, who are producers and users of adaptation knowledge and tools, include…Read More