Climate Change Collaboration
KWRGS has collaborated on a new study to investigate the potential impacts of climate change and resultant disasters in the Interior of British Columbia (BC), specifically in rural communities and small cities of the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap-North Okanagan (TCS-NO) region.
The study examines the ability of small cities and rural communities to respond and adapt to climate change and disasters by conducting exploratory qualitative research.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change defines climate change as “â¦a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparableÂ time periods.” Nationally and internationally, the frequency of natural disasters is increasing.Â According to the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, disasters are defined as “a calamity caused by accident, fire, explosion, or technical failure, or by the forces of nature that has resulted in serious harm to the health, safety or welfare of people , or in widespread damage to property.”Â Â The cumulative effect of these disasters produces a significant personal, material and economic strain on individuals, communities and the fiscal capacity of all levels of governments.
This research project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Research Development Initiatives program.
For more information about this study please contact Dr. Julie Drolet, Principal Researcher, at email: firstname.lastname@example.org