Workshop: Accessing and Interpreting Climate Change Information for Decision - Making in Northern Ontario
The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR), in partnership with Risk Sciences International (RSI), and with funding from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), was pleased to present a one-day training session: Accessing and Interpreting Climate Change Information for Decision-making in Northern Ontario.
Across Ontario, decision-makers are seeking information on climate change and climate data, as demonstrated by the high success rate of an initial training session delivered earlier in the year in southern Ontario, by RSI. This warranted a second session to address demand from northern Ontario, where more significant climate changes are expected.
The northern Ontario training session provided support to practitioners from a range of fields and disciplines to better understand climate data availability, applicability, and methods to use available data. The session was designed to familiarize participants with key sources of climate and climate change information specific to northern Ontario. In addition, the session was consultative to gauge specific climate information needs of participants and contributed to the improvement of climate data communication and interpretation between climate scientists and practitioners in northern Ontario.
A subsequent evening session was attended by members of the public to raise awareness about the science and urgency of climate change.
Final Workshop Report:
The day began with a welcome by Al Douglas, the Director of the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources, followed by presentations by Neil Comer and Heather Auld from Risk Sciences International.Morning Session: Neil Comer, Risk Sciences International
Part 1 Presentation
- Current Climate and its Historical Trends and Uncertainties
- Climate Change Modelling and Theory
Part 2 Presentation
- Use of Climate Model Ensembles in Decision-Making
Afternoon Session: Heather Auld, Risk Sciences International
Case Study Presentation
- Infrastructure and Planning
The day ended with closing remarks from Al Douglas.