New website shows real effects of climate change in the Kootenays
A new website will provide a one-stop site that helps users learn about how the climate is changing across the Basin and Boundary. The Columbia Basin Climate Source website—basinclimatesource.ca— was initiated by Columbia Basin Trust and developed by Selkirk College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre. (Photo: Supplied by Columbia Basin Trust)
WEST KOOTENAYS, B.C – A new website launched by the Columbia Basin Trust aims to shed light on the concrete effects of climate change – right down to community level.
Basin Climate Source was initiated by Columbia Basin Trust and developed by Selkirk College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre.
The website has gathered maps, data and other climate-related information to show concrete effects on the region in the wake of climate change.
Concrete details, like the number of summer days, anticipated drought, or fire risk can be estimated with the help of the website.
“We’ve spoken extensively with residents and communities and heard they want to learn how to reduce their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions and learn how to adapt to climate change,” said Tim Hicks, Trust Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits.
“We also heard people want more detailed information about how climate change may affect their communities in the coming decades. This website shares that information with great depth and detail.”
Hicks says anyone is welcome to use the website – from community members to researchers.