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by Laura Dillman Ripley
cross Canada (and the globe)
many areas are vulnerable to
climate-change-related flood-
ing. Sackville, New Brunswick
is one of those communities, and over the
past few years, conversations around con-
tingency plans and processes to deal with
the problem have become more frequent.
As part of this discussion, a team of Mount
Allison researchers has developed software
to assist communities with climate-change-
related flood planning.
Dr. David Lieske, director of Mount Al-
lison's Geospatial Modelling Lab, spear-
headed a project called the Tantramar
Community Adaptation Viewer (TCAV).
The results of the project were recently
presented to Sackville Town Council
to help both the municipality as well as
the general public better understand the
region's flood risk vulnerability.
"Through this research, custom software
was developed to allow various aspects
of vulnerable infrastructure, neighbour-
hoods, and sections of dyke to be over-
lapped with different projected sea-level
rise scenarios," says Lieske.
The research team, including professors
Lieske (geography and environment) and
Lori Ann Roness (geography and environ-
ment, Canadian studies), Mount Allison
Master of Science student Emily Phillips
('12, '14), and James Bornemann of the
Tantramar Planning District Commis-
sion and the South East Regional Service
Commission, received funding through
New Brunswick's Environmental Trust
Fund and the Social Sciences and Hu-
manities Research Council of Canada's
Aid to Small Universities program.
As part of this made-in-New Brunswick
solution, a group of local expert stake-
holders (dyke managers, engineers, town
councillors, etc.) were led by the research
team through interactive sessions with the
software toolkit. Using the technology,
participants were able to pin locations of
concern on the map, and draw zones in
need of adaptation intervention.
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A screen shot of a flooded downtown Sackville from the Tantramar Community Adaptation Viewer project. Parts of Squire, Lorne,
Weldon, and Bridge Streets are in the submerged area.