Healthy Oceans. Healthy Communities.

Sea level rise

Diagram describes the calculation of safe building distance from ocean

Climate change is impacting our communities at a faster rate each year with costlier environmental, social and economical consequences.  Population growth, destructive industrial processes and pressure on declining natural resources impair the planet’s ability to function efficiently leading to an increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere (GHG’s). Generally speaking, greenhouse gases are compounds that are able to trap heat in the atmosphere, warming the air temperature.  In turn, that higher temperature melts land ice and warms oceans, causing the ocean to literally expand (called thermal expansion), resulting in sea level rise.

Sea level rise is not a futuristic scenario anymore: it is already impacting coastal communities around the world.  A complex set of variables converge to make these impacts difficult to predict. However, there is one statistic that experts agree on; the sea level rising to 0.5m by 2050 and to a 1m in 2100.  This disturbing fact has repercussions for the communities living along the Canadian coast, where much of the population resides.

How can we prepare effectively to face sea level rise?  For smaller coastal communities with few resources (financial, technical or human), finding the way forward can be difficult.

Living Oceans Society seeks to address these questions with its "Rising Tides" workshop series, designed to engage smaller coastal and First Nations communities about sea level rise. We expect to equip communities with the right information, tools and techniques to start to plan for sea level rise. To find out more about how to book a workshop in your community, click here.

Check our resources page to learn about climate change impacts on our oceans.

Living Oceans has partnered with Ecology Action Centre of Halifax, where workshops are also being offered to east coast communities. They have created an interactive map on their project website that captures observations submitted by individuals on all the coasts and will become a useful bank of information for future planning projects. You are encouraged to contribute to building the resources on this map.

This project is supported by financial and in-kind contributions from:

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