Flick Victoria BC aerial: Credit: Andy S. (2014)

We have launched six exciting PICS Opportunity Projects since September 2019, including a new initiative aimed at helping municipalities deliver on their climate action targets.

The Opportunity Projects Program (OPP) encourages research teams to take bold, but calculated, risks in pursuit of high-impact climate mitigation or adaptation solutions within the relatively near-term. Our next call for proposals will closes August 4, 2020.

Here's what our Research Partners and Solution Seeker partners are currently pursuing: 

  • Municipalities are at the forefront of the fight against climate change, but often lack the tools and evidence to make effective policy decisions. Find out how the Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Solutions for Municipalities project - a partnership between the University of Victoria (UVic), PICS and the City of Victoria that started in April 2020 - will address that gap. 
  • We're going underwater with our Undersea Forests project. Climate change is threatening Canada’s east and west coast kelp forests, and this partnership between Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance is investigating adaptation solutions to this vital ocean ecosystem relied on by coastal communities for commercial, food, social, and ceremonial purposes. 
  • Regions need to prepare for the movement of people due to climate change impacts such as more frequent extreme weather events, sea level rise, and flooding. Climate Change Displacement - Mapping the BC Context - a partnership between PICS, the Centre for Global Studies at UVic, and the Climate Migrants and Refugees Project - will establish a network of relevant stakeholders from governments and society to tackle the climate displacement challenge.
  • Work is well underway to develop a thermal storage “missing link” that will enable transmission of waste heat from off-the-grid urban and industrial sources into district energy networks. In collaboration with the City of Surrey and Canmet ENERGY, this SFU-led project aims to develop a pre-market modular, thermochemical-based mobile thermal energy storage (M-TES) prototype. Find out more about the Innovations in Mobile Thermal Energy Storage project. 
  • There is currently no planning tool available that considers future climate change when establishing protected areas in British Columbia. This Climate-Adaptive Planning project aims to develop the first online, open-access and user-friendly tool to support climate–adapted conservation planning across BC’s natural and protected areas. Partners in this project include the University of Northern British Columbia, University of British Columbia (UBC), The Nature Trust, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the BC Parks Foundation.
  • Extreme heat, drought, wildfires, poor air quality, flooding and power outages – these hazards are more likely to occur in BC because of climate change, and the design of our future residences should prepare for that, plus promote energy efficiency and GHG reductions. But designers need tools for that. In partnership with BC Housing, the UBC-led Adaptive Mitigation project aims to deliver an integrated building adaptation and mitigation assessment (IBAMA) framework and tool to help planners identify solutions for incorporating both factors in multifamily residential building design, construction and operations.