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The resources in this database provide legal mechanisms, innovative policies, and best practices that planners can use to help their communities adapt to climate change, protect green infrastructure, and carry out sustainable land and water use practices.

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Tools for Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments for Watersheds

Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environement
Published: 2013
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Climate change will continue to have significant impacts on Canada’s water resources. This guide is a compendium of tools to enable technical experts, planners and managers to develop climate change vulnerability assessments of water quality and quantity at the watershed scale. The guide defines vulnerability in the watershed context, vulnerability assessments, and the rationale for their use. The bulk of the guide first summarizes and then describes in detail, various tools for selecting climate scenarios, assessing exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity, and tools for supporting vulnerability assessments. The guide concludes with five case studies from both within Canada and worldwide.
 
Subject Areas:
  • Climate Change
  • Drought
  • Groundwater
  • Water Management
  • Water Quality
  • Watersheds
Applications:
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan
  • Drought Management Plan
  • Flood Management Plan
  • Groundwater Management Plan
  • Source Water Protection Plan
  • Stormwater/Rainwater Management Plan/Program
  • Watershed Plan
Tools:
  • Background Information
  • Best Practices
  • Case Studies
  • List of Resources
  • Mapping
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