Our climate is changing. What impacts will there be? What are our options? (Photograph of Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park)

CCIRC (Climate Change Impacts Research Consortium) is a group of researchers at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. We are investigating impacts of climate change on our environment, our economy, our health and our quality of life.

Our mission is to advance scientific research on the effects of climate change while improving our ability to communicate levels of risk.

The results of our project will provide us with a greater understanding of climate change impacts, enabling decision-makers to better manage associated risks.

At the same time we will be contributing to the global community of scientists who specialise in climate change and its effects.
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In December 2006, an intense storm struck southwest B.C., infamously blowing down over 10,000 trees in Stanley Park and resulting in an estimated $9 million dollar restoration cost. Again, in November 2007, another severe storm left 190,000 homes in the Lower Mainland without power. Society’s vulnerability to extreme weather events increases when urbanization and infrastructure development do not consider changing weather patterns. The resulting damages can reach into the millions of dollars, with costs being borne by society through government aid, taxes, or insurance fees.
This project aims to develop or improve communication strategies for climate change adaptation. One sub-project focuses on integration of disaster reduction, sustainable development, and adaptation to climate change concepts in community-based warning systems in Thailand. A second sub-project focuses on adaptation to climate change in small communities. Researchers Ken Lertzman, Resource and Environmental Management, SFU Peter Anderson, School of Communication, SFU Diana Allen, Earth Sciences, SFU Students Supaporn Phokaew (Communication) Dionne Bunsha (REM)


A paper describing Vismon's design [1] was recently honored with the "2nd Best Paper" award at the Eurographics Conference on Visualization (...
On November 5, 2010, CCIRC organized a half-day CCIRC workshop to examine climate change impacts research-needs from community disaster risk reduction and...
On April 12, 2010, CCIRC held a student workshop. The goal of this workshop was to provide a platform for the CCIRC students to present their research and...
On November 6, 2009, CCIRC held a mini workshop on Climate Data, Models and Downscaling. The goal of this workshop was to provide an overview of climate models...