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Apr 6th 2022

Downscaled climate research and sustainable transition knowledge creation : international perspective

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Mar 31st 2022

Ouranos’s relevance confirmed with Government of Quebec investment of nearly $20M

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Mar 14th 2022

What are the key takeaways of the IPCC report on climate change impacts and adaptation?

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Climate governance

  • Description
  • Research project

Rally actors around a climate governance that accelerates adaptation

The institutions responsible for climate governance in Quebec are not always equipped to properly structure and coordinate the medium- and long-term decision-making and planning processes. In this regard, Ouranos proposes to develop knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of the various actors of a system at the inter-institutional, inter-sectoral and territorial levels in order to support the adoption of climate governance conducive to the deployment of adaptation solutions that are viable for society.

  • Deficient coordination between institutions, sectors and groups
  • Lack of coherence in decision-making and investments
  • Significant lack of integrated management tools to support institutions responsible for climate governance

In collaboration with governments and adaptation stakeholders:

  • Develop knowledge on best practices for adaptation governance
  • Develop capacity-building, communication and leadership projects from legal, equity and behavioural perspectives, including in Indigenous communities


Stéphanie Bleau


Stéphanie Bleau holds a Master’s in water sciences from INRS-ETE (Institut national de la recherche scientifique, centre—eau, terre et environnement). Her expertise is mostly in subarctic and arctic environments; Ms. Bleau studies the mechanisms, processes and hydro-climatic parameters that dictate river, estuary and sea-ice regimes. She is particularly interested in microwave remote sensing, climate change adaptation and in collaborative approaches to adaptation within Nunavik communities. Ms. Bleau’s experience organizing major urban events in winter tourism, and in coastal and offshore navigation, provide her with significant business expertise. At Ouranos since 2014, she co-coordinates the Northern Environment program and she coordinates theTourism program within the Vulnerabilities, Impacts and Adaptation Group.


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.


Alexandrine Bisaillon


Alexandrine Bisaillonholds a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning and a Master’s in sustainable development from Université de Montréal where she addressed governance and sustainable urban development issues. Specialized in the field of adaptation to climate change and natural risks management, she pursued research on these themes in collaboration with the Faculty of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture at the Université de Montréal, the Observatoire Oeuvre Durable and Ouranos. Prior to this, Ms. Bisaillon also worked in urban planning for the municipal sector. At Ouranos since 2016, she first worked as a research officer for the Built Environment Program and as a Natural Risks and Resilience Specialist. She now coordinates the Ouranos' Support to INFO-Crue program.


Research projects

2020 - 2025

Impacts psychosociaux de la pandémie de Covid-19

Principal investigator(s):
M. Généreux
S. Bleau
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