Adaptation to Climate Change Team

Submitted by Caroline Lumosi | published 25th Apr 2014 | last updated 11th Sep 2014

The Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) brings leading experts from around the world together with industry, community, and government decision-makers to explore the risks posed by top-of-mind climate change issues and to identify opportunities for sustainable adaptation.

ACT is part of the Simon Fraser University, through the Faculty of Applied Science. The ACT team is: 

  • The only university-based think tank initiative in North America dedicated to climate change adaptation
  • Involved in adaptation in Canada and internationally through academic, corporate and community events, networks and affiliations
  • A publisher of research reports identifying policy opportunities and resources designed to bridge from theory to action in support of sustainable adaptation
  • A clearing house for Canadian and international adaptation and climate change information
  • A way to get involved

ACT studies nine top-of-mind climate change areas (Biodiversity, Extreme Weather, Energy, Water Security, Crops & Food Supply, Sea Level Rise, Health Risks, Population Displacement, and New Technologies) and considers ways to protect environmental, economic and social well being throughout its five-year program.

Working in conjunction with leading experts supported by the expertise of SFU researchers and faculty, ACT studies the problems posed as well as potential solutions, and identifies policy opportunities while developing adaptation resources.

ACT delivers a major report from each program session along with briefings geared to appropriate authorities. These take the form of one-pagers for Ministers, detailed notes for ADMs, and white papers detailing policy options for adaptation to each impact.

ACT publishes the program findings and posts session videos and presentation archives as a resource series for public and educational purposes.

Deliverables also include the establishment of networks and increased awareness about issues, impacts and options available to decision-makers and the public.

ACT series outcomes and outputs include:

  • Clear recommendations for policy options addressing effective, sustainable adaptation
  • High-level influence on policy-making and public awareness
  • Roadmap of the issues
  • Breakdown of the current state of our knowledge and identification of expert sources
  • Description of knowledge gaps and recommendations for research
  • Creation of networks and communication between experts, practitioners and decision-makers
  • Web and print archives as tools for public education and policy-makers’ resources
  • Excellent publicity and validation for session/series partners

Publications

ACT research outputs are organized as reports, summaries and policy briefs in the nine climate change areas including:

1. Biodiversity, 

2. Extreme Weather, 

3. Energy, 
4. Water Security, 
5. Crops & Food Supply, 
6. Sea Level Rise, 
7. Health Risks,
8. Population Displacement, and 
9. New Technologies