CR 40:163-173 (2009)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/cr00787

Transfer of climate knowledge via a regional climate-change management body to support vulnerability, impact assessments and adaptation measures

Luc Vescovi1,2,*, Alain Bourque1, Guillaume Simonet1, André Musy1

1Ouranos – consortium sur les changements climatiques, 550 Sherbrooke Ouest, Tour ouest, 19ième étage, Montréal, Québec H3A 1B9, Canada
2Present address: Conseil de la science et de la technologie, 2021 Avenue Union, Bureau 935, 9e étage, Montréal, Québec H3A 2S9, Canada

ABSTRACT: We provide an overview of how climate-change-science knowledge transfer is achieved at Ouranos in support of vulnerability and impact assessments and adaptation (V&I&A) activities. Ouranos is a Canadian consortium concerned with regional climatology and adaptation to climate change, launched in 2002 by the Government of Québec, Hydro-Québec and the Meteorological Service of Canada to coordinate climate-change research in Québec. Focusing on Ouranos’ ongoing V&I&A projects in coastal regions, we describe the current knowledge-transfer environment. We also discuss how climate indices and indicators of vulnerability—which are developed by Ouranos following a ‘pressure-state-response’ (PSR) framework—form useful knowledge-transfer tools. Two specific case studies exemplify the development of (1) a set of temperature-trend indices for southern Québec and (2) climate–social indicators for the assessment of risks to public health due to extremely high temperature events. Case Study (1) illustrates how a systematic analysis of climate variability and relevant indices of extremes can be useful for decision makers at regional scales (southern Québec). Case Study (2) examines the potential, and feasibility, of using a risk-assessment framework for regional climate-change studies that focus on impacts and adaptation.


KEY WORDS: Regional climate change · Climate vulnerability · Indicators · Impacts and adaptation


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Cite this article as: Vescovi L, Bourque A, Simonet G, Musy A (2009) Transfer of climate knowledge via a regional climate-change management body to support vulnerability, impact assessments and adaptation measures. Clim Res 40:163-173. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr00787

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