Introduction to Climate Change and Climate Change Adaptation

These resources allow professionals to learn more about the science of climate change, gain familiarity with climate change adaptation, and learn more about the impacts of climate change on British Columbia.

Organization Resource
Government of British Columbia Climate Change Page
This page on the Government of British Columbia’s website provides access to reports, data, policy, legislation, and programs related to climate change in BC.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report The Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) provides an overview of the state of knowledge concerning the science of climate change, and emphasizes new results since the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).

View the Report
Ministry of Environment Environmental Reporting BC
Environmental Reporting BC provides access to scientific data and information about our environment and how it relates to residents of BC.

Environmental Reporting BC Climate Change Indicators

Indicators of Climate Change for British Columbia 2016 Update
This report documents how and the rate at which the climate in BC has changed during the 20th and early part of the 21st centuries, as well as outlines potential impacts on ecosystems and human communities.

2016 Updated Indicators of Climate Change for BC
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Climate Change Resources
The Ministry outlines the strategy for adapting its infrastructure for managing natural resources to respond to the impacts of climate change. It also features regional extension notes , which detail climate change projections, projected impacts on ecosystems, and adaptation strategies specific to the regions of Cariboo, Coast, Kootenay Boundary, Northeast, Omineca, Skeena, and Thompson Okanagan.
Nature and Climate Change Primary Similarities and Differences Between Temperature Projections for SRES Scenarios and RCPs

This excerpt from 2012 outlines the similarities and differences between the IPCC Special Report Emissions Scenarios (SRES) and Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs).

View SRES and RCPs Table
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Climate Insights 101
This trilogy of animated and interactive courses provides a comprehensive introduction to the causes of climate change, of how society can adapt, and the options for mitigation. The second course, “BC Climate Impacts & Adaptation” describes the climate of BC.

View the Trilogy of Animated Courses