Climate change is upon us and is changing how weather impacts our communities. To prepare our communities for a future climate, risk assessments that incorporate climate projections can be used to support climate adaptation planning. Your climate risk assessment project requires a team of specialists who understand risk, climate science, and climate projections, but who are also comfortable wading into uncertainty. Our team brings together scientists, engineers, and data analysts who are adept at number crunching and at presenting climate information in a way that supports decision-making for climate adaptation.
We work through a standard process based on principles of ISO 31000 to layer information on the character of the hazard and exposed and vulnerable elements to establish the consequences and risks of these interacting. We spend time talking to our networks and researching to find the most suitable climate projections to support each project, dependent on available data, primary climate drivers, local geography, etc. We do not use canned data sets and software on purpose; instead we apply bespoke methods based on the project needs.
Using risk as a base, we provide actionable solutions to support climate adaptation. We work with communities to develop decision-processes that draw in local community values and information, community projections for development and population change, as well as future climate hazards and risk to determine preferred pathways for climate adaptation. Working with specialist facilitators and planners, we develop processes to support decision-making using a big toolbox of methods (e.g., structure decision-making, robust decision-making, scenario planning, etc.).
Our reporting takes the form of concise and understandable summaries for decision-makers, as well as detailed technical reports to document our methodologies and assumptions and to enable future experts to quickly pick up the thread.
Over the course of 3 years of working with Ebbwater Consulting…, I have been impressed by their genuine enthusiasm and deep knowledge of flood risk and climate adaptation. I would be very happy to recommend Ebbwater as a consultant.
– Doug Smith
Acting Director, Sustainability Group, City of Vancouver
… Ebbwater has been instrumental in supporting the CVRD as we navigate the complexity of managing coastal flooding throughout the region. They have led an effective and comprehensive stakeholder engagement process to build a shared understanding and approach to mitigate risk and adapt to impacts related to climate change. Their expertise, organization and innovative approach has been key to the success of our project and the capacity building process.
– Robyn Holme
Long Range Planner, CVRD