Professor Dan Lane, in collaboration with Professor Patrick Watson of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, received a $2 million grant from the International Community-University Research Alliance (ICURA) program, a joint funding initiative of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The effects of global climate change are increasingly visible. Rising temperatures are melting polar ice and, together with the thermal expansion of oceans, contribute to rising sea levels. Professor Lane's project entitled Managing Adaptation to Coastal Environmental Change: Canada and the Caribbean will focus on vulnerable coastal communities whose livelihoods will be most affected by these changes. The selected communities are located in the Caribbean and in Canada's Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic regions. Within these regions, particular attention is given to the impact of rising sea-levels and storm surges. The research teams aim to build the capacity of local communities to face the inevitable consequences of climate changes and will develop community awareness of the environmental threat, proposals for new infrastructure and tools for creating adaptation and mitigation strategies.
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