FAQ Map of Adaptation

The Map of Adaptation Actions houses a collection of climate change adaptation case studies that may be useful to decision-makers and those taking action on climate change adaptation.


Although the Map of Adaptation Actions aims to include a wide range of examples from a variety of geographic locations and sectors, it is not meant to provide a comprehensive list of all adaptation actions taking place across Canada.

We have made every effort to validate the case study summaries with their original authors or owners. However, if you find that any of the information is inaccurate, please use the Contact Us form to let us know. The Map of Adaptation Actions will be updated and improved on an ongoing basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How are case studies selected for inclusion in the Map of Adaptation Actions?

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Case studies included in the Map of Adaptation Actions are projects that involve adapting to climate change impacts and increasing resilience to climate change. This includes everything from plans, strategies, and assessments to tangible, on-the-ground actions. Case studies can originate from any source in Canada including, but not limited to, federal, provincial or territorial governments; municipalities; Indigenous communities or organizations; academia; industry; and businesses.

How do I submit a case study for inclusion on the Map of Adaptation Actions?

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If you have a case study that you think should be featured on the Map of Adaptation Actions, please get in touch with us! Visit the Contact Us page for further instructions on how to submit your case study.

How are the filters used on the Map of Adaptation Actions?

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The map allows you to apply filters so that you can narrow the number of case studies to those that are relevant to your needs. The filters draw from a pre-defined set of labels. If you see a case study that you think we have labelled incorrectly, or if you have questions about the label structure, please Contact Us. The list of case studies can be refined based on the following filter categories:

  • Climate Issue: Combines the most common climate change impacts, hazards, variables, and stressors into one filter, allowing users to filter case studies by climate issue, like flooding or extreme weather events.
  • Sector: Users can filter case studies by the main sectors of the economy, society, and environment used in Canada. This filter allows users to select sub-filters.
  • Adaptation Stage: Users can filter case studies across Canada that are in a specific stage of the adaptation cycle. See ‘What is the Adaptation Cycle?’ below for a full explanation.
  • Type of Action: Users can filter case studies by type of adaptation action taken. All adaptation actions within case studies are grouped into high-level categories (e.g., Built Infrastructure, Economic Mechanisms, etc.).
  • Type of Setting: Users can filter case studies from across Canada by setting, which groups similar setting-related attributes into categories (e.g., rural, coastal, etc.).

What is the Adaptation Cycle?

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The Adaptation Cycle (or Adaptation Process) is way of describing the typical stages of decision-making and implementing climate change adaptation actions. The stages normally unfold as follows: understanding impacts, assessing risks and vulnerabilities, identifying actions, implementation, and outcomes and monitoring progress. The case studies featured on the map have been categorized based on the stage of adaptation that they are focused on. Note that there are different models for describing the stages of adaptation decision-making and action. In practice, these stages are often iterative, as adaptation is generally not a linear process.

To learn more about the adaptation cycle, please see The Adaptation Process (Box 2, p. 260), Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation.

What information is included within each case study?

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The summaries of the case studies featured in the Map of Adaptation Actions are categorized according to the different stages of the adaptation cycle, as described above. The section headings match the adaptation cycle stages, with additional sections for ‘Next Steps’ and ‘Resources’.

  • Understanding and Assessing Impacts: This section describes the climate change impacts, risks and vulnerabilities (observed and/or projected) that are considered in the case study.
  • Identifying Actions: This section describes the process used for identifying climate change adaptation actions and the options considered in the case study.
  • Implementation: This section describes the implementation of the adaptation actions (planned, underway, and/or completed) in the case study.
  • Outcomes and Monitoring Progress: This section describes the outcomes or results of the actions implemented in the case study.
  • Next Steps: This section describes any planned next steps in the case study.
  • Resources: This section contains links to the full case study and related resources.

Where can I find additional information on climate change impacts, data, and case studies?

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If you are looking for further information on climate change impacts and adaptation and climate data, please visit:

There are many other websites that also provide additional climate change case studies and related resources: