Climate Change Data and Indicators

Regional Climate Modelling

The Capital Regional District (CRD) engaged the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium to undertake an analysis of projected changes in temperature, precipitation, and indices of extremes due to climate change in the 2050s and the 2080s. The report is intended to support decision making throughout the region and to help community partners better understand how their work may be affected by our changing climate.

Cite this report as: Capital Regional District, 2017, “Climate Projections for the Capital Region”, 59 pgs.

Sea Level Rise

The CRD, working with and on behalf of, the 13 municipal governments and three electoral areas, has received federal and provincial National Disaster Mitigation Program funding to undertake a regional coastal flood inundation mapping project to better understand the implication of tsunamis and future sea level rise. The project will build upon past studies to provide enhanced information to the region related to coastal flood hazards. Read more >>

Previous Work on Sea Level Rise

The Coastal Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment Report - 2015 was developed to support the CRD's and local governments' understanding of regional coastal vulnerabilities to sea level rise. Using a simplified “combined” methodology, analyses included mapping 24 focus areas across the capital region vulnerable to sea level rise and an economic risk assessment and analysis of economic impacts associated with service disruptions.

Important: These maps have been prepared for information purposes. For more context about the maps and analysis, including a description of the data and methods used, please see the Capital Regional District Coastal Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment Report.

The Sea Level Rise Planning Approaches Project Report is a tool kit of prioritized planning, regulatory and site-specified adaptation tools specific to the Capital Regional District and its local governments.

Land use authority for dealing with flood hazards falls within local government jurisdiction. The Province’s amendments to the Flood Hazard Area Land Use Management Guidelines provide further guidance to local governments.

Community Energy and Emissions Inventory

In 2020 the CRD produced a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Study to better understand the sources and trends of GHG emissions within the capital region for the following categories:

  • Stationary energy (e.g., buildings, construction, energy industry)
  • Transportation (including airport and marine emissions)
  • Waste
  • Industrial process and product use
  • Agriculture, forestry and other land use

Data is included from 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2018. The study shows that the capital region emits approximately 1.7 million tonnes of C02 emissions annually—a level largely unchanged from the 2007 baseline. Transportation and buildings account for the vast majority of regional emissions (almost 80%).

The inventory is intended to be a resource for the CRD and municipalities to inform planning and programming aimed at reducing GHG emissions in the capital region.

Electric Vehicle (EV) and Electric Bike (E-Bike) Infrastructure

The Capital Region Local Government EV and E-Bike Infrastructure Planning Guide contains strategies for local governments, as well as private development, to expand and manage EV and E-Bike charging infrastructure in the Capital Region. Its associated Backgrounder Report provides a summary of the EV and E-Bike research and best practices that inform the Guide.

Strategic Plans

Additional Resources

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