November 7, 2019: IRES Student Seminar with David Righter and Livia Mello

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall



From groundwork to implementation: a longitudinal study of coastal adaptation planning in Nova Scotia, Canada

David will present initial findings from his analysis of coastal adaptation planning in Nova Scotia and discuss next steps for his research. What have communities accomplished so far, and what will they do next?

Coastal communities in Nova Scotia are at risk of impacts resulting from the anticipated outcomes of climate change in the region, including sea level rise and the increased frequency and intensity of storms. This study will examine the implementation of coastal adaptation actions across the province, using the Municipal Climate Change Action Plans (MCCAPs) from 53 coastal municipalities as a basis for investigation. Two overarching research questions are asked: 1) what types of coastal adaptation actions were proposed in the MCCAPs and which actions have been implemented since; and 2) what are some of the common local factors that have influenced the success of implementation? This study will evaluate the state of adaptation in Nova Scotia and offer insights for future policy development.

David Righter

IRES MSc Program


David joined IRES in September 2018 as a MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Chang. His research focuses on climate change adaptation and natural disaster resilience in coastal communities of BC and Nova Scotia. As a Research Assistant with the Resilient-C Project, David contributes to an online platform that connects communities in their efforts to reduce risk. He hopes to demonstrate that a growing network of communities sharing knowledge and experiences will not only benefit the individual contributors, but help to build resilience across entire regions.