“Climate change is increasing global ocean temperatures and causing reductions in pH and oxygen. Additionally, the global sea level is rising at an accelerating rate, increasing the risk of coastal erosion and flooding. As Nova Scotia is highly dependent on coastal areas and resources for employment and housing, there is potential for climate change to have large consequences on coastal communities.

Planning adaptation measures in advance will be more effective that attempting to respond to climate change impacts after they occur.

A key step for the advanced planning of adaptation measures is to conduct a vulnerability assessment to help decision makers prioritize adaptation efforts. The Centre for Marine Applied Research (CMAR), in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NSDFA), have launched a project which aims to develop a tool capable of assessing climate change vulnerability of seafood-dependent communities in Nova Scotia.

As a first step, CMAR wrote a preliminary report reviewing the potential impacts of climate change on coastal communities in Nova Scotia, and is due for release in mid-2021.”