GEOIDE: 4D Visioning for Climate Change Decision-making

This project, headed by the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) at UBC, ran from 2009 to 2012. The purpose of the project was to implement and test the effectiveness of a visioning approach to climate change decision-making in the Arctic.  Similar processes have proven effective in southern, urban communities, but they had yet to be tested in an arctic hamlet context.  In Clyde River, the project identified priority planning issues in the community through public meetings and meetings with Hamlet and Government of Nunavut (GN) departments. In November 2009, UBC researchers held community meetings to discuss key issues in the community.

A mapping workshop was held with residents and Natural Resources Canada scientists in March 2010 to gather information about climate change adaptation-related landscape hazards.  In addition to hazards, other key issues identified were housing (shortages and quality), the ability to walk in the community, and energy self-sufficiency. In March 2010, UBC researchers held a mapping workshop in Clyde River with Natural Resources Canada scientists and community members to discuss climate-change related landscape hazards.  The research team created four future scenarios which looked at different ways Clyde River might grow in 50 years with respect to the above issues. The scenarios were developed in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, and then modeled in 3D using Google SketchUp, a free 3D software tool.  

Project leads: 
Stephen Sheppard – University of British Columbia