New publication on the false classification of extinction risk in noisy environments

A new publication on incorrectly detecting declines, and failing to detect declines, in time series of abundance that are “noisy” has been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Brendan Connors, along with colleagues at Simon Fraser University, combined simulations and the analysis of hundreds of empirical time series across the animal kingdom to estimate how […]

June 6th, 2014|ESSA News

ESSA Completes Independent Review: Impacts of Run-of-River Power Projects on Salmonids

Pacific Salmon Foundation releases report on potential effects of run of river hydro projects on salmonid species.
“Impacts Possible, but More Study and Data Needed to Confirm”
VANCOUVER: The Pacific Salmon Foundation has released the results of its review of the potential impacts of run-of-river hydroelectric projects on salmonid species in British Columbia. The study was done […]

February 1st, 2014|ESSA News

New publication on Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management

IFC Good Practice Handbook on Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management: Guidance for the Private Sector in Emerging Markets.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) contracted ESSA Technologies to assist them in developing a methodology to assist private sector companies in emerging markets identify cumulative impacts and guide them in the effective design and implementation of measures […]

November 13th, 2013|ESSA News

New publication: Insight into Enabling Adaptive Management

The online journal Ecology and Society has just published a paper authored by ESSA discussing factors that enable good adaptive management:

Greig, L. A., D. R. Marmorek, C. Murray and D. C. E. Robinson. 2013. Insight into Enabling Adaptive Management. Ecology and Society 18 (3): 24. URL:

September 10th, 2013|ESSA News

Skeena Sockeye Habitat Report Cards

The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) contracted ESSA Technologies Ltd. to undertake, with the guidance of a Technical Advisory Committee of Skeena regional experts, an evaluation of the extent and intensity of landscape-scale pressures affecting freshwater habitats used by Skeena lake-type sockeye. The project provides a summary of the regional pressures facing Skeena lake-type sockeye […]

September 4th, 2013|ESSA News

CCME – Tools for Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments for Watersheds

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment has recently released a report entitled “Tools for Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments for Watersheds” which was prepared by ESSA in partnership with WaterSmith Research. This compendium of tools was prepared to aid technical experts, adaptation planners and resource managers in developing climate change vulnerability assessments of […]

September 4th, 2013|ESSA News

European Fire Ants in the News

With colleagues at the SFU School of Resource and Environmental Management, ESSA recently completed a study for the BC Ministry of Environment, to create a framework for the ecological and economic analysis of invasive animal species in British Columbia. The analysis consisted of 5 case studies which were selected to represent different taxonomic groups […]

August 27th, 2013|ESSA News

New Forest Vegetation (FVS) Tools

ESSA has just completed a two year project in partnership with the US Forest Service. A key feature of the project is an architectural enhancement that allows the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) to be closely integrated with other landscape modeling and planning tools. A second key development is the “release” of the FVS code […]

August 15th, 2013|ESSA News

Enhancing climate resilience of Subdivision and Development Servicing (SDS) Bylaws in the Columbia Basin

ESSA partnered with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd. and Deborah Curran and Company to develop a new SDS bylaw model for the Columbia Basin Trust and partner communities. This model is designed to help communities of the Columbia Basin become more resilient to existing and future climate conditions and minimize the long term costs of […]

July 25th, 2013|ESSA News

ESSA welcomes Jimena Eyzaguirre, Senior Climate Change Specialist

ESSA is pleased to welcome Jimena Eyzaguirre, Senior Climate Change Specialist and newest member of ESSA’s climate change adaptation team. Jimena brings with her over 10 years of Canadian and international experience in providing research, analysis and advice to inform government climate change policy and programming decisions.  In her previous role as Senior Policy […]

April 29th, 2013|ESSA News