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Communities across Yukon are working to adapt to our changing climate. The information notes below describe the work that is being done across the territory to enhance our knowledge about climate change and respond to current and future climate change impacts.
By sharing these information notes, governments, community decision-makers and researchers, can benefit from new ideas relevant to northern communities and environments to strengthen adaptation efforts in all arenas.
|Sharing knowledge to help communities enhance their ability to adapt to climate change.|
|Advancing Yukon’s understanding of health implications associated with climate change.|
|Economic implications of climate change adaptation for mine access roads.|
Energy Sector Case Studies 642 KBEvaluating opportunities to integrate adaptation and mitigation programs into the energy sector.
|Assessing the water-related effects of climate change on Yukon’s northern highways.
|Conducting a risk assessment to understand how thawing permafrost will impact key buildings in Ross River, Yukon.|
Mainstreaming Climate Change 648 KBIntegrating climate change considerations into decision-making in Yukon.
Mapping Landscape Hazards 645 KB
Using geoscience mapping to identify hazard risks in a changing climate.
|Assessing the effects of permafrost response to climate warming on transportation infrastructure in Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
|Evaluating the influence of climate change on energy demand to assess future strategies for energy market transformation.|
Determining the vulnerability of the North Alaska Highway to permafrost thaw
The mountain pine beetle in novel habitats: predicting impacts to northern forests in a warming environment
Using bioclimate ecosystem models ot interpret the effects of climate change on Yukon
Using LIDAR imagery to help predict Yukon community flood risks
Examining forest vulnerabilities to climate change and developing resilience enhancement strategies through long-term community partnerships in Yukon
|Agriculture and Permafrost 510 KB
Effects of changing permafrost conditions on agriculture and agriculture capability classification in Yukon
Hydrology 455 KB
|Pan-Territorial Permafrost Workshop 2013 560 KB
The 2013 Pan-Territorial Permafrost Workshop discussed the impacts of climate change on permafrost and how to identify opportunities to reduce these impacts
The strategy acknowledges that the North needs to build on climate change adaptation knowledge and harness more effective adaptation strategies for immediate and long-term solutions.
Funding for these information notes, and for some of the research projects described in them, comes from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada through its Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP).
While there are significant similarities in how Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut experience climate change, our approaches to dealing with climate impacts are often different. Through the Pan-Territorial Adaptation Partnership (PTAP), our three governments are able to work together to address the impacts of climate change across Canada’s north.
The Yukon government is also learning from the experience of Arctic jurisdictions outside Canada. The Arctic Adaptation Exchange is an online space for communities, researchers and decision-makers to share climate change adaptation know-how.
The Arctic Adaptation Exchange website is a place for people focused on northern issues to:
- explore how others in the Arctic region have responded to the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change,
- share experiences and information on climate change impacts and adaptation initiatives and tools, and
- connect with others who have experience and knowledge.
Adaptation is key to the Yukon government’s approach to climate change. Since we first released the Climate Change Action Plan in 2009, we’ve greatly enhanced our understanding of Yukon’s changing climate and our ability to respond to the impact on local livelihoods, ecosystems, and infrastructure.
- Road construction methods that preserve permafrost on Yukon highways.
- Development of publicly-accessible flood hazard maps to better understand flood risks.
- Develop a standardized approach for researchers modelling climate changes to easily compare trends and projections.
- Develop guidelines for mine sites to include projected effects of climate change on retaining infrastructure, including tailings storage facilities, for 50 years following a mine’s closure.
- Release a summary report of the Interdepartmental Food Security Working Group’s findings on enhancing food security in the territory.
- Implement a climate change survey of Government of Yukon employees to identify key issues, barriers, and opportunities for enhanced government action.
- Complete a climate change adaptation project gap analysis to inform future study areas and action