Consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change

Newsletter- 18 January, 2012 - PDF AVAILABLE

Please contact Hélène Gaonac'h if you have questions or comments.

  1. 1. News from Ouranos
  2. 2. News from Ouranos groups and teams
  3. 3. New projects
  4. 4. Publications and published reports
  5. 5. Upcoming meetings and symposia


1. News from OURANOS


5th Ouranos symposium

Ouranos has scheduled its 5th scientific symposium for mid-November, 2012 in Montreal.  Over three days, Ouranos researchers will present the most recent results of their projects in climate science and climate change impacts and adaptation. The meetings are open to all members of Quebec’s scientific community, and will also provide the opportunity to underline the 10th anniversary of the Ouranos Consortium. For further information, please contact Hélène Gaonac’h.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Ouranos website now includes a FAQ section and a glossary of climate change terms. The FAQs clarify some of the basic concepts and ideas that appear routinely in Ouranos documents. At the moment, most of the FAQs deal with concepts related to climate science, but the section will soon be expanded to include questions connected to climate change impacts and adaptations.

IPY 2012 Conference

Ouranos will be an active participant in the next IPY 2012 Conference, “From knowledge to Action,” to be held in Montreal April 22 to 27. Researchers from our consortium are organizing sessions or presenting research results related to the theme of the Polar Year. Ouranos will also be represented at a booth about the Northern Quebec Biodiversity Atlas. Finally, Ouranos will be hosting Conference participants on a tour of the consortium’s offices and at presentations on our research projects that relate to the Arctic. For details, please see the IPY 2012 Website or contact Hélène Gaonac’h.

Agreement between CETMEF and Ouranos

In January of 2012, Ouranos signed a two-year agreement of understanding with the Centre français d’Études Techniques Maritimes et Fluviales (CETMEF). The purpose of the agreement is to identify, plan and undertake collaborative activities and share information on regional climatology and climate change adaptation for coastal regions of Quebec and eastern Canada.  This agreement includes the development of projects that aim at improving knowledge on coastal processes that may impact St-Pierre and Miquelon.

Ouranos seminars

OURANOS seminars resumed on January 18, 2012, and are held on Wednesday morning every two weeks. Each seminar revolves around a presentation of the results of projects in climate science, climate change impacts and adaptation, and other projects relevant to OURANOS members. Contact Anne Debrabandere to receive the calendar or be connected to the Webinar. Those interested in presenting the results of their projects are also invited to contact Anne.


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2. News from OURANOS Groups and Teams

Climate Science

Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society: Ouranos participates in the spring 2012 Conference in Montreal

In connection with the joint congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS), which will take place this year in Montreal from May 29 to June 1, specialists from the Ouranos Climate Simulations team have volunteered to serve on the local organizing committee. Meanwhile, a researcher from Ouranos agreed to be part of the scientific committee, whose responsibility is to define the science program for the Congress. Ouranos is also an official sponsor of the 46th Annual CMOS Congress, the theme of which is “The Changing Environment and its Impact on Climate, Oceans and Weather Services.” The scientific session, titled “Regional Climate Modelling and Climate Projections” has been accepted and will be chaired jointly by researchers from UQAM/ESCER (Centre pour l'étude et la simulation du climat à l'échelle régionale), Ouranos, and Environment Canada (Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis (CCCma).


Potential for added value in precipitation simulated by high-resolution nested Regional Climate Models and observations

Global Climate Models (GCMs) are primary tools to study future climate. However, the horizontal spatial resolution of their atmospheric components are usually between 125 and 400 km. ... (click here for more details)




Internal Variability of Canadian RCM’s Hydrological Variables at the Basin Scale in Quebec and Labrador

The simulation of the dynamic and thermodynamic non-linear atmospheric processes in both, global and regional models reproduces the chaotic nature of the climate system.. (click here for more details)



New Climate Science fact sheets on the Ouranos Web site

New fact sheets on climate science (CS) have been added to the Ouranos website. Their goal is to make available brief generic climate scenarios for Quebec. These first fact sheets deal with changes in temperature and precipitation in Quebec: Projected temperature changes in Quebec, Projected Changes in Precipitation in Quebec.


Impacts and Adaptation

Montreal meeting of RAC coordinators and provincial heads of adaptation issues

This past November 8 and 9 at Ouranos, the coordinators of the six Regional Adaptation Collaboratives (RACs) met together with the heads of adaptation issues from nine provinces and three territories, along with representatives from five federal departments involved in climate change adaptation. The main objectives of the meeting were to discuss 1) the transition towards the next phase of the Climate Change Adaptation Program of the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division (CCIAD) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), 2) strengthening engagement in adaptation by communicating adaptation successes and lessons learned, and 3) preparation of the legacy of the current phase of the RAC program by communication plans and strategies for disseminating adaptation products.
The objective of the RAC program is to implement the coordinated and sustainable planning and decision-making of adaptation measures by establishing six RAC programs covering all regions of Canada.
In parallel with this meeting, the Canadian government announced that funding for CC adaptation had been renewed, including the contribution of $148.8 million over five years to be divided among nine federal departments and organizations.

Ouranos participation in the 80th Annual ACFAS Congress 

Ouranos is inviting interested parties to join us at the third symposium on ecosystems, biodiversity and climate change to take place May 9, 2012 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal as part of the 80th annual congress of the Association Francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS). The symposium – on the theme “Préparer les stratégies d’adaptation aux changements climatiques pour les écosystèmes et la biodiversité du Québec (session n°210),” will provide an update on advancements in the ÉcoBioCC program at Ouranos and the results of some of the projects undertaken within the program, under the direction of Robert Siron, of Ouranos.
Ouranos will also be presenting some of its research results in another symposium at the ACFAS Congress, this one entitled ”Adaptation aux changements globaux: climat et environnement, de la science à l’action” (session n°613). This multidisciplinary meeting will provide an opportunity to exchange recent knowledge on the topic of adaptation to changes in our environment, and to explore the challenges involved in implementing adaptation efforts – led by Laurent Lepage, UQAM.

New Project Fact Sheets are available on the Ouranos website

New fact sheets have been added to the existing online library of fact sheets. These fact sheets provide one-page summaries of the context, objectives, approach and expected results of Ouranos projects, as well as some information on the researchers and partners involved. They are available on the Ouranos Web site.

These fact sheets describe projects in progress regarding: Analysis of societal and land-use related vulnerabilities to flooding in urban areas in the context of climate change: a Montreal case study, Adaptation of dam safety to climate change impacts by using low recurrence-interval floods and by informing managers about the uncertainties, For efficient water use and conservation measures adaptable to climate change for the St- Lawrence watershed, A system to forecast low water levels as a method to adapt to climate change impacts, Analysis of climate change adaptation applied to municipal policies and urban realities at the neighbourhood scale: case study of Montreal, Upgrading standards and procedures for the design of agricultural land development projects in a climate change context, Contribution of Multifunctional Agroforestry Management Systems to the Climate Change Adaptation Capacity of Agroecosystems, Development of a methodology and sampling protocol for monitoring biodiversity in relation to climate change, Adaptation of the design and management of Quebec’s network of protected areas for climate change.


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3. New projects

Click here for the list of new projects started since September 2011.


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4. Publications

de Elia R., 2011: Basis of a formal language for facilitating communication among climate modelers. Climate Dynamics doi:10.1007/s00382-011-1265-0.

Music, B., D. Caya, A. Frigon, A. Musy, R. Roy, and D. Rodenhuis, 2011: Canadian Regional Climate Model (CRCM) as a Tool for Assessing Hydrological Impacts of Climate Change at the Watershed ScaleProceedings of the Milutin Milankovitch 130th Anniversary Symposium. A. Berger, F. Mesinger, and D. Šijači, Eds. Springer, in press.


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5. Upcoming meetings  and symposia



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