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Canadian Extreme Water Level Adaptation Tool (CAN-EWLAT)

Created: 4/13/2016 - Updated: 12/13/2018

Overview

Extreme water level along the marine coastline is a result of a combination of storm surge, tides, and ocean waves. Future projections of climate change in the marine environment indicate that rising sea level and declining sea ice will cause changes in extreme water levels, which will impact Canada's coastlines and the infrastructure in these areas. Understanding these changes is essential for developing adaptation strategies that can minimize the harmful effects that may result. The Canadian Extreme Water Level Adaptation Tool (CAN-EWLAT) is a science-based planning tool for climate change adaptation of coastal infrastructure related to future water-level extremes and changes in wave climate. The tool includes two main components: 1) vertical allowance and 2) wave climate. CAN-EWLAT was developed primarily for DFO Small Craft Harbours (SCH) locations, but it should prove useful for coastal planners dealing with infrastructure along Canada’s ocean coastlines.

Audience

CAN-EWLAT was developed primarily for DFO Small Craft Harbours (SCH) locations, but it should prove useful for coastal planners dealing with infrastructure along Canada’s ocean coastlines.

BIO is a modern oceanographic research facility, established in 1962 by the Federal Government of Canada (the former Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, now Natural Resources Canada) and is located on the shores of the Bedford Basin in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Over the last 50 years it has grown to become Canada's largest centre for ocean research.

Keywords

Scale of Project: 
National / Federal
Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed: 
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Erosion
Flooding
Infrastructure damage
Sea level rise
Type of Tool: 
Adaptation Planning / Decision Support
Community Planning
Decision Support
Modeling and Analysis
Sea Level Rise Models
Habitat/Biome Type: 
Coastal
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Tool Cost: 
Free