Events Archive

Regional frequency analysis of hydro-meteorlogical extremes-non standard aspects

October 25, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Regional frequency analysis (RFA) of hydro-meteorological variables is a commonly used tool to provide quantile estimates of extreme events at ungauged sites. Given the high complexity of hydro-meteorological processes, it is worthwhile to account for the possible nonlinear connections between hydro-meteorological variables and catchments characteristics in all RFA steps. Moreover, to provide relatively reliable quantiles estimates, it is often recommended to only consider sites with sufficiently long data series which lead to ignoring a considerable part of the available information.

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Scenario Based Simulation of Energy and Emissions at a Neighbourhood Scale

October 25, 2017 - 9:30am

PICS' Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment (EEBE) project of thei is a five-year interdisciplinary research initiative to reduce energy and emissions intensities across the diverse 162 municipalities of BC. Crucial research challenges have been the heterogenous nature of these municipalities of different sizes, densities and development patterns and, the complexity of variables and interactions that contribute to energy and emissions performance.

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Sea Level Rise and Forced Migration - The Challenge of Climate Refugees

October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

Who will be tending your garden when the ocean rises? An octopus? A sea star?

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Sea Level Rise in Deep History - First Nations Coastal Flood Stories

September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Who will be tending your garden when the ocean rises? An octopus? A sea star?

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Livable Cities Forum

September 18, 2017 - 8:00am to September 20, 2017 - 5:00pm

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Taking Action on Green Resilience: Adaptation & Mitigation Synergies

September 17, 2017 - 1:30pm to 5:30pm

The 2017 Livable Cities Forum will take place September 18-20 in Victoria, BC. As a special pre-event workshop, Green Resilience Strategies and ACT are offering Taking Action on Green Resilience: Adaptation & Mitigation Synergies.

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Primary Forests and Roadless Areas in the “Anthropocene:” Why We Need Wild Places for Our Survival

September 15, 2017 - 3:30pm

Primary forests and roadless areas are disappearing at an alarming rate. Earth has lost ~35% of its pre-agricultural forest cover over centuries with only ~32% remaining as primary forest (unlogged). About 80% of the Earth’s terrestrial surface (all cover types) remains free or roads but these areas are fragmented into 600,000 patches, more than half of which are <1 square kilometer and only 7% that are >100 square kilometers. The disappearance of intact areas needs to be a central focus of global sustainability efforts and climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches.

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If a Tree Falls in A Forgotten Rainforest Does Anybody Hear?

September 14, 2017 - 7:30pm

When most people think of rainforests, Avatar-like visions of lush equatorial forests populated by howler monkeys swinging from treetops, colorful butterflies and toucans punctuating the green background, and aboriginal people coexisting with the rainforest’s life-support systems come to mind. But not all rainforests are in the tropics. Temperate and boreal rainforests make up less than 3 percent of the Earth’s forests, are found in only 10 regions, are globally important, but many are endangered. The Pacific Coastal region of North America contains the largest concentration in the world.

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