Adapting to Climate Change in Coastal Communities of Atlantic Canada

Explore this toolkit for advice on how to best prepare for coastal climate impacts

The Coastal Adaptation Toolkit was developed to help Atlantic rural coastal communities and property owners plan for the effects of climate change. It is appropriate for use by communities and property owners that are experiencing coastal issues related to erosion and/or short- and long-term flooding impacts. 

The intent of the toolkit is to help communities and decision-makers as well as coastal property owners be aware of their coastal environment, the different adaptation options available to them, and the applicability of the options under different scenarios.

It includes two online tools – one for Communities, and one for Property Owners – and a companion resource containing three guidance documents.

The Coastal Adaptation Tool uses a series of questions related to flooding or erosion issues to identify the most suitable options to manage those issues at a specific site in a community. Options include land use planning tools as well as coastal interventions and engineering tools, and the tool is designed primarily for community staff and elected officials.
The Property Owner’s Coastal Adaptation Tool has been designed for individual coastal property owners. It is a simpler version of the Coastal Adaptation Tool that excludes land use planning tools.
The companion resource, Coastal Adaptation Toolkit: Adapting to Climate Change in Coastal Communities of Atlantic Canada, is comprised of three documents. Part 1, Guidance for Selecting Adaptation Options, provides general information about our coastlines, climate change impacts, and adaptation. Part 2, Land Use Planning Tools Adaptation Options, presents over 50 land use planning approaches for coastal adaptation. Part 3, Coastal Intervention Options and Engineering Considerations, includes over two dozen options to manage coastal flooding and erosion.

The toolkit is intended for informational purposes only. The information provided is not a substitute for site-specific professional advice, nor does the information contained in the online tools replace consultation with engineering, land use planning, and/or earth science professionals. The information provided in this website does not preclude the need to engage with relevant jurisdictions in regulatory and permitting processes.

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