For over 20 years ESSA has applied its knowledge of complex environmental and human systems to the multidisciplinary challenges of climate change and risk reduction. Although the unknowns are often pervasive, large, and unavoidable, ESSA applies innovative solutions to help clients deal with the related uncertainties.
Our technical toolbox includes simulation and conceptual models to assess the vulnerability of ecosystems and local communities to climate impacts, and to explore alternative strategies for mitigation and adaptation. To harness human creativity and energy in adaptation, we use a variety of softer tools, including methods to raise awareness with the public, workshops to envision alternative futures, and approaches that integrate socio-economic concerns into explorations of future scenarios. We carefully craft the appropriate mix of technical and facilitation approaches to suit each problem, building on three decades of experience in systems analysis and capacity development.
Some of the most dramatic impacts of climate change are manifested as natural disasters – floods, storm surges, hurricanes, and other weather extremes. These types of events, whether influenced by climate change or not, are critical to consider in any long term planning. ESSA applies an all hazards approach to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) to ensure a full consideration of other natural hazards (e.g. seismological) and the potential for accidental and malicious acts. Our work in DRR focuses on impact and consequence modelling to inform risk reduction and planning, as well as emergency and crisis information management systems to make critical information accessible to decision makers.
We are committed to providing our clients with the most up-to-date climate and disaster related research, information systems, tools, and techniques. Our goal is to help others better understand how future climate, as well as natural and human caused disasters will affect their sector, service, or livelihood, and how they can adapt their decisions today and in the future to mitigate harmful impacts and reduce disaster related losses.
- Regional Case Studies on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change in Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America
- Improving Climate Resilience of Municipal Bylaws in the Columbia Basin, B.C.
- Participatory Scenario Development for Pro-Poor Adaptation (Ghana, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Vietnam)
- Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in Canadian Water Resource Management
- Vulnerability and Adaptation of Freshwater Ecosystems to Climate Change in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, B.C.
- Climate Change Adaptation in the Tŝilhqot’in Traditional Territory, British Columbia
- Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Communities in Northwest B.C.
- Climate change adaptation planning for northwest Skeena communities: summary report for the Future Forest Ecosystem Scientific Council (FFESC)
- Enhancing climate resilience of Subdivision and Development Servicing (SDS) Bylaws in the Columbia Basin: A guidance document
- Tools for climate change vulnerability assessment for watersheds
- Mainstreaming adaptation to climate change in Canadian water resource management: A review of the state of practice and identification of opportunities for action
- Designating Temperature Sensitive Streams (TSS) in British Columbia: A discussion paper exploring the science, policy, and climate change considerations associated with a TSS designation procedure
- Participatory scenario development approaches for identifying pro-poor adaptation options