Adaptation of living environments

Support and stimulate the development of scientific and empirical knowledge in order to help implement and reinforce the adaptation of living environments, whether the context is urban, rural, natural, coastal, forest, northern or other

Facilitate adaptation of living environments

Composed of complex, dynamic systems, living environments – regardless of whether urban, rural or natural or whether they are located in a coastal, northern or other environment – face significant challenges that could worsen with climate change if they are not adapted. Ouranos proposes to support and stimulate scientific and empirical knowledge in order to help develop and reinforce the adaptation of these living environments.


  • Potential impacts on all regions and cities of Quebec;

  • Analysis of problems and solutions is carried out in silos, which means the issues cannot be addressed in a comprehensive manner;

  • Climate change is not taken into full account in major investments and strategic decisions, notably with regard to land use planning.


In collaboration with cities, regions, conservation organizations and municipal-supporting organizations:

  • Understand the interactions between living environment sub-systems in order to respond more adequately and accelerate their adaptation;

  • Undertake the analysis of adaptation solutions in a more holistic manner in order to account for the links between living environment sub-systems;

  • Develop and test methods and processes that can be used to track evolving adaptation in living environments.

Avis d'Ouranos

Retrouvez une documentation sur l'adaptation aux changements climatiques des villes.

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