Daniel E. Lewis

Managing adaptation for coastal communities subject to storm surge and sea level rise in Canada and the Caribbean region

Daniel E. Lane
C-Change Co-Director (Canada) and Chair – Ocean Management Research Network (OMRN)
Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA K1N 6N5
Day 3, 14:40-15:30

Storm surge and sea level rise are ravaging coastal communities around the world as they experience increased frequencies of more severe storms. This paper describes the work of the International Community-University Research Alliance (ICURA) * project, “C-Change” formally titled “Managing Adaptation of Environmental Change in Coastal Communities: Canada and the Caribbean”. C-Change focuses on selected coastal communities in Canada and the Caribbean that are especially susceptible to damages from more frequent coastal storm events. Vulnerable coastal communities are profiled using geographical information systems (GIS) to define their unique environmental, economic, social, and cultural dimensions. Community assets, assets-at-risk, and expected damage impacts are evaluated from modeled coastal storm scenarios. Community sector priorities are applied in the development a group participant, multicriteria decision making model for the evaluation of alternative adaptive strategies for the community. The analyses provide a prioritized measure of local community vulnerability and adaptability useful in establishing preparedness action strategies leading to the development of Community Action Plans. Examples from the Canadian C-Change communities of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and Isle Madame, Cape Breton will be used to illustrate the work to date.

(*) The C-Change ICURA is funded by the Social Science and Humanities research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for 2009-2015. For more information on C-Change see also www.coastalchange.ca.


Daniel E. Lane

Dr. Lane is Full Professor at the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa. His research grants include the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Individual Operating and Discovery Grants (since 1986), Co-Director (Canada) of the International Community-University Research Alliance (ICURA) IDRC-SSHRC (2009-2015), and Principal Investigator and Chair of the Oceans Management Research Network (OMRN) (since 2005). He was appointed by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada to the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (FRCC) where he has acted as Chair of the Scotia-Fundy Ecosystem Team, Chair of the Gulf of St. Lawrence Ecosystem Team and member of the Executive Committee of the FRCC. Professor Lane’s research interests include decision-making processes, simulation modelling and control of dynamic systems, especially in the area of natural resource, commercial fisheries, oceans, and aquaculture management. He has published peer-reviewed papers in Operations Research, OPTIMUM, the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, the European Journal of Operational Research and has prepared proceedings for the World Fisheries Congress (Brisbane and Vancouver), and reports for the Fisheries and Oceans Canada, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) on quota management systems, and for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Fisheries Committee on the evolution of fisheries management performance and fisheries management and climate change. Professor Lane is a member of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS), the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), and the Natural Resource Modelling Association (NRMA).