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Dec 1st 2021

COP26 : Opportunities for Exchange and Sharing for Ouranos

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Aug 30th 2021

Webinar | Climate change and resilience: Indigenous perspectives and approaches

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Aug 9th 2021

Climate Change Accelerating and Intensifying

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Adaptation of living environments

  • Description
  • Research project

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


Nathalie Bleau


Nathalie Bleau holds a Master’s in planning from the University of Montréal. She has worked in academic institutions and in the public sector, specializing in natural-hazard management, particularly issues related to flooding. Ms. Bleau joined Ouranos in 2007 as co-coordinator of RAC-Quebec funding program and has actively participated in the project Analysis of social and territorial vulnerability to flooding. Since 2013, Mrs. Bleau has coordinated the Built Environment program within the Vulnerabilities, Impacts and Adaptation Group.


Research projects

2020 - 2025

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