February 18, 2002

Climate change research network to link experts by region, sector

A new federally-funded climate change research network will link experts across Canada by region and industry sector. The Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network (C-CIARN) will bring together researchers and decision makers from industry, governments and non-governmental organizations who specialize in adapting to the changing climate.

The federal government is investing $10 million to establish the new network. The C-CIARN regions will receive $100,000 per year over five years, with $125,000 per year over five years being provided to the C-CIARN sectors. Equivalent cash and in-kind contributions are being encouraged from partner universities, provincial and municipal governments and private sector institutions.

There are six regional and seven sectoral groups making up C-CIARN and connecting researchers and stakeholders across the country. The regions include: British Columbia (with co-ordinating offices at the University of British Columbia's Sustainable Development Research Institute and at the University of Victoria); the Prairies (operating from the University of Regina's Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative; Ontario (based at Laurentian University in Sudbury); Quebec ( based at Ouranos, the Quebec Consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change, Montreal); the Atlantic region (based at Dalhousie University, Halifax); and the Northern region (based at the Northern Climate Exchange in Whitehorse with assistance from the Aurora Research Institute, Inuvik, and the Nunavut Research Institute, Iqaluit).

C-CIARN sectors and co-ordinating offices are as follows: Health (Health Canada, Ottawa); Landscape Hazards (Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa); Coastal Zone (Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth); Fisheries (to be determined); Forests (Canadian Forest Service, Edmonton ); Water Resources (McGill University, Montreal); and Agriculture (University of Guelph, Ontario).

"This relatively new field of research is helping us to understand the impacts resulting from changes in our climate and to develop strategies to adapt," said Natural Resources Canada Minister Herb Dhaliwal. "C-CIARN will focus on the practical needs of specific economic sectors and regions. By increasing our capacity to adapt, we can reduce our vulnerability to the effects of climate change."

C-CIARN facilitates research related to climate change impacts and adaptation across scientific disciplines. It provides a focal point for contacts, data and information relating to impacts and adaptation research, and identifies research gaps, priorities and capacity needs.

More information is available from Heather Bala, director of communications, Minister's office, NRCan, 613/996-7252.

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