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Wednesday, February 11 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Breakout Session: "Information in Use: Planning & Adaptation Strategies"

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"Knowledge into (Adaptation) Action: Coping with a Changing Climate" by Dr. Tony Charles


This presentation is about using knowledge to create the future we want, or at least a future as positive as possible in a world of climate change. That is a big challenge, and is being faced on many levels. At the national and international levels, wise governments of the world are taking strong measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time supporting social and economic adaptation measures to prepare for the changes that are now inevitable. At a local level, communities are engaging in adaptation actions that fit with their values and that reduce their vulnerabilities to an uncertain future climate. The big choice facing these communities is to decide which, of the many possible actions they might take, will work best in any given situation. Researchers are exploring this key question, compiling the information needed for communities in Canada and around the world to make the right decisions as they seek their own paths into the future. The corresponding knowledge needs and a range of research responses are discussed in this presentation.  

"Time and tide: Aging communities and rising seas, a rural planning challenge"

by Patricia Manuel and Eric Rapaport, Dalhousie University and Janice Keefe, Mount Saint Vincent University. To be presented by Patricia Manuel


Rural communities in Atlantic Canada are aging. Sea level is rising. Using case study examples from rural, coastal Nova Scotia, our presentation illustrates a multi-disciplinary understanding of, and information needed to address, a community planning challenge. Using GIS mapping and analysis, we visualized the issues for 2025-26: 10 years from present is a typical planning time frame. We combined population projections to 2026 and data on community infrastructure and services distribution with sea level rise and storm surge scenarios in 2025. Our mapping illustrates the emerging vulnerability to climate change impacts of seniors populations in rural coastal communities. We examined local policies and plans for responsiveness to both concerns, and found them lacking. We were particularly interested in the resilience of aging communities, and the strategy of age-friendly community design: What do planners and community designer need to consider for communities in these coastal settings? Our work suggests the extent of impacts, the lack of preparedness in community design, and the need to respond with informed planning and design to ensure liveable, and safe, rural communities.

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Dr. Tony Charles

Director of SMU's School of the Environment, St. Mary's University
Dr. Tony Charles is Director of the School of the Environment, and a professor in the Sobey School of Business, at Saint Mary’s University. He specializes in studies of natural resource management, and particularly focuses on the sustainability and resilience of coastal and marine systems, community-based approaches to resource management, and human dimensions of ecosystem-based management and climate change. Dr. Charles leads the global... Read More →

Dr. Patricia Manuel

Associate Professor, School of Planning, Dalhousie University
Dr. Patricia Manuel is the Director of the School of Planning at Dalhousie University. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and  the Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia. A geographer by training, she works mainly in the areas of environmental and community planning. She is cross-appointed to the School of Occupational Therapy where she has taught community design in the health professions. Dr. Manuel is... Read More →

Wednesday February 11, 2015 12:45pm - 2:00pm
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS B3H 4J2, 2nd Floor

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