September 13-20, 2004

Web site features details from NB sea level rise study

MONCTON, NB-Information about erosion and other changes to the southeastern coast of New Brunswick, gained from a three-year, $2.5-million study, is now being made available to the public through a new Web site. It can be accessed by visiting Environment Canada's "Green Lane" at www.atl.ec.gc.ca, and then choosing "Sea-Level Rise" in the topics list. The study, titled "Impacts of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on the Coastal Zone of Southeastern New Brunswick" is being managed by Environment Canada and carried out by scientists and researchers from more than a dozen government and academic groups. The study Web site features photos of the coastal zone and descriptions of the components of the project. A special feature of the site is a page of digital elevation maps showing parts of the coast from Kouchibouguac National Park to Cape Jourimain. The maps can be used to demonstrate flooding patterns at various sea levels, as still images or combined to produce animations of flooding. The site allows visitors to ask questions about the potential impacts of sea-level rise in the area, while the "Key Dates" section lists activities of interest to the local community. Study participants include Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada, the New Brunswick Government, UniversitÈ de Moncton, University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University, Dalhousie University and the Centre of Geographic Sciences (Nova Scotia Community College), in consultation with municipalities and planning commissions. Additional financial support is being provided through Canada's Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation program, and from Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada.
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