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Climate change is happening. Learn how we can adapt so that we can manage the risks of climate and weather related events.

Many Edmontonians associate climate change with longer summers and warmer winters, but it also can bring floods, drought, invasive pests, heat waves, higher food prices and ice storms. By preparing now for climate change, we can be in a better position to weather future climate shocks and stresses.

We're currently working with various stakeholders on developing a climate change adaptation strategy called Resilient Edmonton. The strategy will focus on key areas such as those mentioned above.

Project Timeline

Phase 1: Investigation (2016-2017): Developing an understanding of how Edmonton's climate is changing as well as the risks and opportunities these changes present for the community.

Phase 2: Setting Direction (2017-2018): Developing a Community Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Strategy, action plan and supporting policy to address priority risks and opportunities.

Phase 3: Taking Action (2019+): Implementing actions within the strategy and action plan.

Common Climate Terms

When talking about climate change, and climate adaptation, a number of terms are commonly used that help to explain why and how the City is responding. Some of the more common terms to become familiar with are mitigation, adaptation, climate shock and slow, onset climate stress. Visit the FAQ page for these definitions and more.

Changing Seasons

The following is a summary of what changes Edmonton could see in each season in future decades:

Spring: in future, Edmonton should expect wetter springs due to earlier snowmelt and an increase in precipitation. Larger volumes of rain are expected over shorter periods of time. Earlier springs will extend the growing season.

Summer: hotter and drier summers are expected, with a loss of water due to evaporation and increased temperatures.

Autumn: warmer and wetter autumns are expected, delaying the first snowfall and lengthening both the construction and growing seasons.

Winter: Edmonton will likely experience warmer and wetter winters, with fewer nights below -20 degrees celsius. Warming is expected to occur more rapidly than in any other season.

Weather Extremes

Research shows that Edmonton should be planning for weather extremes, such as higher wind speeds, larger amounts of precipitation or hotter temperatures that will occur with more frequency and intensity. The climate modeling for Edmonton indicates similar results to research conducted by the Insurance Bureau of Canada, as presented in the “Telling the Weather Story” summary report.

Graphic Summaries

In January 2018, subject-matter experts were invited to attend one or more of 10 workshops designed to assess the vulnerabilities and risks that Edmonton could experience in a changing climate. Through these workshops, 17 assets and service areas were considered in relation to climate hazards (that is extreme heat, extreme cold, hail, and so on). At the workshops, conversations and ideas presented by participants were captured by a graphic artist. Click each image to see a larger version. A new image will be posted every week.

  • Air Transportation + Fuel Supply

Air and Fuel Supply Graphic Summary

This combined session looked at both the impacts climate change could have to Edmonton’s air travel through the Edmonton International Airport, as well as the impacts climate change could have to Edmonton’s fuel supply, including fuel supply for industrial, commercial, and public end users.

  • Buildings + Waste Management

Graphic Summary for Buildings and Waste

During this session, subject matter experts discussed climate change effects on commercial, residential, industrial and public buildings, as well as land and property. Assets required to collect, treat and dispose of Edmonton’s solid waste were also discussed.

  • Economy + Community and Culture 

Graphic Summary of Economy and Culture

Economy and Community and Culture was a combined workshop. Economy was discussed in the context of the production, distribution and consumption systems that generate and retain wealth in Edmonton. Community and Culture considered heritage, cultural, social and amenity aspects of the community that affect the well-being or quality of life of residents.

  • Electricity and Information/Communications 

Graphic Summary of Electricity and Information/Communication

Electricity and information communications technology was discussed to assess the resiliency of these systems in light of climate change. Electricity included looking at the electrical transmission and distribution system and information communications technology looked at this system’s network including telephone lines, cables, fibre-optics and other related infrastructure.

  • Emergency Management

Graphic Summary of Emergency Management

While emergency management is a cross-cutting theme across all areas affected by climate change, a separate emergency management session was held to discuss what climate change means for emergency management services, including preparedness, response and recovery.

  • Natural Environment

Graphic Summary of Natural EnvironmentClimate change has the potential to affect our natural environment and ecosystems. In this workshop subject matter experts looked at what this may mean for Edmonton’s terrestrial and aquatic habitats and ecosystems, our large expanse of urban forests, and managed areas such as parks.

  • Public Health and Safety

Graphic Summary for Public HealthThis session looked at what climate change could mean in terms of the physical and mental health of Edmontonians, including both mortality (length of life) and morbidity (quality of life) health outcomes.

 

  • Roads and Active Transportation + Rail
  • Urban Agriculture and Food
  • Water (storm water, drinking water, wastewater)

Graphic Summary of WaterThis session discussed how climate change could affect different aspects of Edmonton's water system, from potable drinking water, stormwater management and our wastewater management systems.

 

Check back every few weeks for a new image!

A draft strategy will be presented to City Council in fall 2018.

How we can prepare now to be resilient against future climate shocks and stresses

Discussion papers related to climate adaptation and resilience

Take Action

Environmental Stewardship within the City of Edmonton.
Whether in your home, in the community or getting around, there are many ways you can transition to energy conservation and efficiency.
Answers to frequently asked questions related to energy, climate change and taking action.

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10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
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