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.
The Delta Regional Adaptation Collaborative- a sea level rise adaptation and 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.
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