The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has received the Climate Projections for the Capital Region and referred it to municipal councils, the Islands Trust, and the Electoral Area Services Committee for information.
The report features the results of a regional analysis undertaken by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) to understand how temperature, precipitation and climate extremes may change by the 2050s and 2080s. Based on input from CRD and municipal staff, the report also provides a brief description of how climate change may impact our region.
The report includes 21 standard climate indicators to tell a story of how our climate is expected to change over time. At a high level, the results indicate that we can expect warmer winter temperatures, fewer days below freezing, more extreme hot days and longer dry spells in summer months, more precipitation in fall, winter and spring, and more intense extreme weather events. These changes may then impact communities in a variety of ways, including human health, biodiversity, and water and energy demands.
The report serves as a resource for local and regional planners, engineers, land managers, and policy and decision makers to better inform planning and design decisions based on a plausible future. The report emphasizes that adapting to climate change is a complex, iterative process. Therefore, the information found within the report will support subsequent climate adaptation planning activities.
Moving forward, the CRD will continue to support regional climate adaptation efforts to better understand climate change impacts, plan for the changes and inform regional stakeholders. The CRD is also integrating climate change implications into its own corporate processes and plans, including asset management and departmental, infrastructure and land use planning activities.