Climate change is increasing global ocean temperatures and causing reduction in pH and oxygen. Global sea level is also rising at an accelerating rate, increasing the risk of coastal erosion and flooding. Nova Scotia is highly dependent on coastal resources for employment and infrastructure,and climate change is a threat to coastal communities and industries.

Planning adaptation measures will be more effective than responding to climate change impacts after they occur. A prerequisite for the advanced planning of climate change adaptation are vulnerability assessments, which are needed 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), has initiated a project to assess climate change vulnerability of seafood-dependent communities in Nova Scotia.

To support this initiative, CMAR has written a preliminary report reviewing the potential impacts of climate change on coastal communities in Nova Scotia. Click the image below to download.