Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

PICS is hosted and led by the University of Victoria in collaboration with the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia.

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) was established in 2008 with an endowment from the BC government,  partners with governments, the private sector, researchers and civil society in order to undertake research on, monitor and assess the potential impacts of climate change, and evaluate, develop and promote viable mitigation and adaptation options to better inform climate change options and actions.

PICS has released its new strategic plan 2017-2022.  The PICS strategic plan was developed based on input from wide consultations.  This five-year plan builds on the institute's core competencies and sets the strategic research approach and governance direction for PICS.

Also, check out our special 10-year anniversary Annual Report that explains our new research program and recaps the first decade of PICS.  


PICS shares a global vision of net-negative global greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century and all communities adapted to the changing climate.


To produce leading climate solutions research that is actively used by decisionmakers to develop effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions. PICS has a global remit, but a focus on BC.


The Institute's main objectives are:

  • Advance the global knowledge base on climate change solutions.
  • Develop effective climate mitigation and adaptation solution options that are actively used by policy and decision-makers. 
  • Foster partnerships and networks that build capacity in addressing climate change. 
  • Promote an interdisciplinary approach to climate solutions. 
  • Communicate and inspire engagement on climate solution options by government, business and the general public.
PICS carries out research, education and outreach programs:

PICS current research topics


PICS New Research Engagement Program

Co-designed, co-developed, co-delivered research

PICS is a catalyst for generating climate change solutions. We support an approach to research that defines meaningful activities focused on partnerships and engagement, helping solution seekers become effective solution makers, from question to collaboration, and idea to action.

The PICS collaborative model relies on three kinds of contributing partners to co-design and co-implement climate solutions:

Solution Partners bring practical, domain knowledge and experience. They play a required role in identifying and framing the problem, developing solutions and supporting the application of results. This includes providing the resources such as data or intellectual capital and/or human resources to help transform theory to action. Solution Partners may be based in private sector or in government, and they are generally not part of the academic community.

Research Partners bring theoretical knowledge and experience, research skills and academic excellence to the project in order to produce new knowledge and support social, technical and institutional innovations in climate solutions.

The PICS Partner is a knowledge broker that supports relationships and networks; provides training and financial support. We help connect the right complement of partners and we are a catalyst for action, engagement and communication to help realize and ensure valuable outcomes and impacts.

To learn more please visit the PICS website at




PICS is governed by an executive committee appointed by the University of Victoria, a Program Committee comprising researchers from the four partner universities (UVic, UBC, UNBC and SFU) and representatives from the provincial Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) and the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis of Environment Canada.  An external advisory board comprising representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors contributes advice to the Institute.   For details visit the PICS website.

PICS SFU Program manager

Nastenka Calle Delgado has been the Program Manager of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) at Simon Fraser University since 2010.  Motivating students, faculty and the public to act on climate solutions is a key driver behind her work, with a focus on educational and outreach programs that help build knowledge and inspire advances in climate change mitigation and adaptation.  She brings eight years of experience working in environmental planning with the City of Guayaquil from her native country Ecuador. She has also served as co-author in peer-reviewed articles on topics related to chemical pollution and wrote two letters concerning the impact of fossil fuel developments and climate change published in the journal Science. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Sciences in Environmental Engineering from the University of New Orleans.  She obtained her bachelor degree in Geological Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Ecuador.

For general inquiries about PICS, its programs and collaboration opportunities, contact Nastenka at or by phone at 778-782-8834.