The City of Vancouver is at risk of coastal flooding, especially under climate change. Recognising this risk, the City wants to explore adaptation options that could be employed to protect the City in future. The City also recognizes that many of the adaptation options that could be employed, dikes and barriers for example, would not only be expensive but would change how citizens connect with the shoreline. As such, they retained Compass Resource Management, a leader in Structured-Decision-Making, and Ebbwater Consulting to develop and run a decision-process that would incorporate the many intangible features that make Vancouver what it is today. Ebbwater led the technical team, including Northwest Hydraulic Consultants and Urban Systems Ltd., who developed a toolbox of adaptation options, and then compared them against a list of measures. The measures were defined by the project team and stakeholders to broadly capture the values of the City under the categories of People, Environment, Economy and Implementation. The end deliverable for this project is a strategic plan, including implementation timing and recommended options for adaptation. This project has been highlighted as an international model for flood risk analysis and adaptation planning, most recently by the Guardian Newspaper and the Institute of Civil Engineers in the UK.
July 2014 – December 2015