Ideafest: What a warmer climate means to you -- Presentation examines how climate change will affect the coast

Pacific salmon caught in Arctic waters and a tropical dolphin swimming off Vancouver Island are two tales of climate change filtering into Ocean Networks Canada. Anecdotes from witnesses and data collected by scientists will be part of an Ideafest event on Monday, March 4, that will give viewers a deeper understanding of what the warming climate means.

“We want to show how are all these changes that people are seeing and observing are effecting people’s abilities to fish and live on the coast,” said Maia Hoeberechts, a scientist with Ocean Networks Canada at the University of Victoria.

Hoeberechts will help co-ordinate a panel discussion and presentation called Climate Vision: What Can Indigenous Knowledge, Satellite Data and Cable Ocean Observation Tell Us About Our Changing Coast.

She said the presentation is meant to involve the audience. Onlookers are expected and encouraged to have questions about what climate change is doing to Canada’s coastlines.

With a far-ranging discussion, it’s hoped they will get a good idea of what climate changes can mean for human communities, as well as plants, animals and the environment of sea and shore.

UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada operates a variety of research projects on all three of Canada’s coasts, most notably the Pacific and Arctic. The agency is well known for its cabled observatories.

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