Presentation Abstract

Howe Sound/Atl’ḵa7tsem is a fjord located near Vancouver, BC with both nearshore and estuarine habitats and communities. The coastal and estuarine habitats in the fjord are highly vulnerable to impacts from climate change (e.g., sea level rise, increased storm frequency). In order to better inform local citizens and decision-makers about possible actions for climate change adaptation in these estuarine and nearshore zones, a new report on the area’s coastal health (Ocean Watch: Howe Sound/Atl’ḵa7tsem report update) will be released in 2020. This report updates the current state of coastal ocean health in Howe Sound/Atl’ḵa7tsem since an initial report was released in 2017. The report compiled area specific data about habitats, species or human trends. Knowledge holders were asked to provide updates on specific subjects, written into short articles using accessible language. Each article included a section with a description of climate change impacts. To conclude each article, actions were recommended for individuals, communities and government to improve the current state of the specific issue. We indicate if any progress has been made on actions suggested in the original report. The updated report highlights the potential impacts of climate change in the Howe Sound/Atl’ḵa7tsem nearshore and estuary area. Additionally, the report advises and tracks progress on actions to adapt. Previously recommended actions that are being taken were noted (e.g., habitat restoration and replanting). Specifically, significant work has been undertaken in the Squamish estuary in the last few years to reconnect and restore habitat to support the outmigration of Pacific and juvenile Chinook salmon. Moreover, considerable eelgrass restoration and habitat reconstruction has been undertaken. Overall, the Ocean Watch: Howe Sound/Atl’ḵa7tsem report update supports dissemination of knowledge about the necessity of climate change adaptation by highlighting potential impacts and recommending actions in these special and unique habitats.

Session Title

Climate Change Adaptation in Nearshore and Estuaries of the Salish Sea

Conference Track

Climate & Ocean Condition Changes

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2020 : Online)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

2020_abstractID_3651

Start Date

21-4-2020 9:00 AM

End Date

22-4-2020 4:45 PM

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Language

English

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Potential climate change impacts and actions to adapt in nearshore and estuarine areas of Howe Sound/Atl’ḵa7tsem

Howe Sound/Atl’ḵa7tsem is a fjord located near Vancouver, BC with both nearshore and estuarine habitats and communities. The coastal and estuarine habitats in the fjord are highly vulnerable to impacts from climate change (e.g., sea level rise, increased storm frequency). In order to better inform local citizens and decision-makers about possible actions for climate change adaptation in these estuarine and nearshore zones, a new report on the area’s coastal health (Ocean Watch: Howe Sound/Atl’ḵa7tsem report update) will be released in 2020. This report updates the current state of coastal ocean health in Howe Sound/Atl’ḵa7tsem since an initial report was released in 2017. The report compiled area specific data about habitats, species or human trends. Knowledge holders were asked to provide updates on specific subjects, written into short articles using accessible language. Each article included a section with a description of climate change impacts. To conclude each article, actions were recommended for individuals, communities and government to improve the current state of the specific issue. We indicate if any progress has been made on actions suggested in the original report. The updated report highlights the potential impacts of climate change in the Howe Sound/Atl’ḵa7tsem nearshore and estuary area. Additionally, the report advises and tracks progress on actions to adapt. Previously recommended actions that are being taken were noted (e.g., habitat restoration and replanting). Specifically, significant work has been undertaken in the Squamish estuary in the last few years to reconnect and restore habitat to support the outmigration of Pacific and juvenile Chinook salmon. Moreover, considerable eelgrass restoration and habitat reconstruction has been undertaken. Overall, the Ocean Watch: Howe Sound/Atl’ḵa7tsem report update supports dissemination of knowledge about the necessity of climate change adaptation by highlighting potential impacts and recommending actions in these special and unique habitats.