Through a sequence of funding programs, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has long supported Canadian communities and sectors in preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change. For example, under the Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) Program (2008-2012), NRCan supported local communities in identifying their vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change. Most recently (2013-2016), NRCan shifted its focus to assisting decision-makers in identifying and making choices among appropriate adaptation responses.

Development of the Coastal Flooding and Erosion Decision-Support Tool (the tool) was catalyzed by this most recent wave of NRCan funding. Additional support, financial and in-kind, was provided by: the governments of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island; three regional universities (UPEI, Saint Mary’s, and Dalhousie); and, three private sector partners (NEXUS Coastal Resource Management Ltd., Risk Sciences International (RSI), CBCL Limited).

Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA) identified the need for the tool as a means for supporting and enabling long-term planning in coastal Atlantic Canada, by helping decision-makers select and implement locally appropriate adaptation strategies and instruments.

Development of the tool was overseen by ACASA, managed by UPEI and co-PIs Dr. Danika van Proosdij (SMU, Adaptation guidance and selection), Dr. Patricia Manuel (Dalhousie, Land use planning) and Vincent Leys (CBCL, Engineering), and supported by Nexus Coastal and Risk Sciences International.

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