Climate change is real, and while it looks like we’re finally heading towards trying to do something about it, how do we adapt to the changes that are already underway?

This was the problem Risk Sciences International decided to tackle as few years ago. While having optimism that we can come together to stop climate change is important, so is having a plan to mitigate the worst effects a warming climate may have on our infrastructure, industry, and natural resources.

Today, we are stepping forward an important part of the solution to this problem— the Climate Change Hazards Information Portal, or CCHIP. CCHIP is the culmination of many years of work, and for the first time pre-analyzes the data to provide climate information in formats tailored to fit seamlessly into the planning and design decisions of a variety of industries and verticals. that are required reference material for making defensible climate change adaptation decisions and makes them accessible to anyone via the web.

While the science and innovation of CCHIP is a marvel in its own right, what makes this tool so powerful is access. The outputs of the climate models and data have never before been so well tailored and, as such, made so understandable to everyday decision-makers. It helps overcome a persistent situation of information deficit that has hurt smaller organizations, rural communities, aboriginal groups, and other individuals without the ability to meaningfully work with these data.

CCHIP is a web-based portal that opens up access to this invaluable data, and the insights that can be drawn from it, to a much greater audience than ever before. CCHIP is the first tool of its kind to incorporate climate change data, and data on historical trends and impacts, then align it with industry specific guidelines and national codes and standards that can help planners and designers adjust for potential future impacts on infrastructure and natural resources.

With CCHIP, a city planner in Northern Alberta can better anticipate the future rainfall impacts on storm drains and inform adjustments to ensure flooding is mitigated. A farmer in Nova Scotia can better prepare for the prime grape growing conditions heading for that region. An engineer in Quebec can better design a bridge over the St. Lawrence River taking into account the future impacts that climate change may have on the concrete and steel.

Our goal is to democratize climate change hazards and impacts information and ensure that everyone has access to this vital tool for preparing our communities for the world of tomorrow.

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