Return periods are common in regulations and in 'standard engineering practice'. However, using return periods without considering their response to climate variability and climate change could result in poor long-term decision making and prevent proactive adaptation if not put into the context of climate change.
Understanding Water Resources
Robert Miller – UBC Civil Engineering professor
Short sharp bursts of rain are increasing in both frequency and intensity acccording to researchers at the University of British Columbia. The controversial research, originally done for a 2001 master's thesis, was published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.
Led by Karen Bakker, the program aims to connect water researchers with those active on water policy. The program conducts basic research on water management, engages the wider community in outreach and education on water issues, and facilitates dialogue on water governance between universities, communities, government, NGOs and the private sector.
Award-wiinning science journalist Chris Wood has written a series of articles on how global warming will affect British Columbia and what we can do about it. Commissioned by The Tyee,and funded by the Tyee's Fellowship Funds for Investigative and Solutions-oriented Reporting, the articles were published weekly in August 2006.
The issue of how to accommodate a doubling of the population in the high growth regions of British Columbia is the driver for implementing changes in the way we develop land and use water. Conversations with elected officials are yielding insights that are shaping implementation of Convening for Action pilot programs in three regions of British Columbia, namely: the Okanagan, Vancouver Island and Greater Vancouver.
The River Forecast Centre (RFC) collects and interprets snow, meteorological and streamflow data to provide warnings and forecasts of stream and lake runoff conditions around the province.
A fishing guide talks about the stewardship of the Cowichan River
Population assessment of the chum salmon population of the Cowichan watershed
A community based and partner funded 'Cowichan Basin Water Management Plan' hosted by Cowichan Valley Regional District
Assessment of the juvenile salmonid migration barrier at the Cowichan L. Weir