Land use planning and urban design for a low-lying coastal community

Land use planning and urban design for a low-lying coastal community
Simulation of an inundation event based on forecasted water levels for 2100

Simulation of an inundation event based on forecasted water levels for 2100

The Corporation of Delta is a low-lying municipality at the mouth of the Fraser River delta. Home to 100,000 citizens, a large portion of the community is at considerable risk from climate change induced sea-level rise and storm surges. While the Province of B.C. provides guidelines and tools for flood risk management, it is the responsibility of local governments to define their flood hazards, integrate these with land use planning policies and implement sufficient flood protection. Uncertainty in climate science and lack of effective engagement tools make it difficult for local governments to build public support for flood-related policy and action. Previous research on climate change response options, using flood scenario visualization, has proven effective in developing community awareness and support for adaptation needs.

Visualization of adapting to the risk of future sea level rise by raising an existing concrete seawall.

Visualization of adapting to the risk of future sea level rise by raising an existing concrete seawall.

 

The Delta Regional Adaptation Collaborative- a sea level rise adaptation andĀ visioning study builds on prior work between CALP and Delta, using adaptation scenarios and 3D landscape visualizations in a visioning process to explore a range of alternative response options to sea level rise. The goal is to support decision-making and further policy development for flood management in the Corporation of Delta.

3D visualization of an alternative sea level rise adaptation strategy involving a phased, managed retreat from the most vulnerable parts of the coast.

3D visualization of an alternative sea level rise adaptation strategy involving a phased, managed retreat from the most vulnerable parts of the coast.

To access the peer-reviewed publication of this research in the journal Sustainability: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/4/9/2176

The project website: www.delta-adaptation-bc.org