Climate risks, resilience and adaptation

Waterloo park is an example of resilience and adaptation.

Our members are designing ways we can build resilient communities and economies that will be better able to withstand the accelerating impacts of a changing climate. Risk assessments are shedding light on how climate change will impact our critical infrastructure, businesses and supply chains, public health, and our most vulnerable communities. Research is also pointing to strategies that will help us adapt to these new conditions using nature-based solutions, technology, planning and land use changes, risk communication, and rethinking our financial, health and social support systems.

New publications from our members

Tree and creek

On March 9, the University of Waterloo's Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change hosted an informative discussion on the findings of Health Canada's latest national report, Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate. The lead authors, Peter Berry, Rebekka Schnitter and Paddy Enright, reflected on key insights from the wide-ranging report and highlighted the priority knowledge gaps facing Canadians. This was followed by a Q&A with a panel of Waterloo's climate change and health experts, moderated by Dean of Faculty of Health, Lili Liu. Learn more about the key findings from the authors and the reflections from IC3 climate change experts. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the second report for its sixth major assessment of the science of climate change; Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Hannah Tait Neufeld, IC3 member and Assistant Professor, School of Public Health Sciences, is a contributing author for chapter 7. She discusses the impacts to Indigenous Peoples’ health and wellbeing in a changing climate.