Events Archive

Water, Peace and Global Security: Canada’s Place in a Changing Water World

January 23, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm

The POLIS Water Sustainability Project, the Centre for Global Studies, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and Rocky Mountain Books invite you to participate in an intimate conversation with two of the world’s leading water experts.

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2018 CIRC Forum: Cumulative impacts policy and practice in northern BC

January 18, 2018 - 7:00pm to January 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) is supporting the UNBC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC), and the Environment, Community, Health Observatory (ECHO)  to convene a policy-oriented symposium addressing the future of resource communities in a shifting political landscape. This event will provide opportunities for conversations with people and organizations interested in and actively working on issues related to the myriad impacts of resource development throughout northern BC.

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Climate change: legal risk and opportunities for professionals

November 22, 2017 - 3:00pm

Professionals whose practice areas are affected by climate change need to consider how they will respond in order to provide good service to clients, maintain public confidence in their profession, and minimize legal risk. Similarly, those who rely on professionals for advice should be aware of professional obligations in the context of climate change.

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More Equitable Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in a More-Than-Human World

November 17, 2017 - 3:30pm

Climate change is a threat to ecosystems and human communities across the globe. Some climate change adaptation strategies have the potential to generate additional risks and vulnerabilities (e.g., geoengineering, desalination). However, instead of taking the proverbial political ecology ‘hatchet’ to critique these strategies, this talk focuses on the ‘seeds’ of more equitable adaptations that account for the needs of the human and more-than-human world.

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The Victoria Forum

November 17, 2017 - 8:30am to November 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

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Sea Level Rise - The Big Picture

November 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

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

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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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