In Prince George the climate is changing at an accelerated rate compared to the global average. To develop the projected impacts of climate change on the City of Prince George, models and scenarios from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report were used. The Climate Atlas and Canadian Climate Data and Scenarios tools were utilized to access downscaled climate data for the area. Temperature and precipitation are the parameters that were included as part of the assessment phase. Findings include increased temperature, increased precipitation in fall, winter, and spring, and increased intensity of rainfall. This report was developed to guide climate change adaptation strategies for the community of Prince George and provide updated climate projections and action items to the City of Prince George’s 2009 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. The process involved a wide range of stakeholders that represented social, economic, infrastructure and environmental sectors. The diversity of stakeholders involved throughout this process provided a significant opportunity for engagement on climate change adaptation in Prince George. Stakeholders identified risks and vulnerabilities that Prince George may face in a changing climate, and conceptualized actions needing to be implemented across various sectors. Sixty impacts to the built and natural environment and social and economic systems were initially identified for the community of Prince George utilizing the local climate projections.
The City of Prince George, located in northern BC, has undertaken considerable work in better understanding the impacts of climate change on road infrastructure and natural areas in order to reduce its vulnerability to river flooding and forest fires. In 2009, Prince George was one of the first municipalities in Canada to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. Now, approximately a decade later, as the impacts of climate change have been increasingly imminent, the City of Prince George has a renewed focus on continuing to improve the community’s adaptive capacity. In Prince George, the climate is changing at an accelerated rate compared to the global average, and is expected to experience increasing annual mean temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and more frequent and extreme weather events. As part of the Adaptation Changemakers project with ICLEI Canada, the City of Prince George worked with community stakeholders to develop updated adaptation strategies for the community of Prince George.