Atlantic Canada Flood Mapping Conference

Natural Resources Canada partnered with CLIMAtlantic to host the first Atlantic Canada Flood Mapping Conference

Halifax, Nova Scotia (Virtual & in-person)

October 5 and 6, 2022

The Atlantic Canada Flood Mapping Conference aimed to address some of the key challenges concerning flood hazard mapping methodologies applied in the Atlantic provinces. The event hosted presentations from both flood mapping practitioners and flood map users followed by interactive discussions to facilitate knowledge sharing across academia, government, non-profit organizations, Indigenous communities, and consultants.

The targeted outcome was to bring more clarity for local stakeholders across the flood mapping framework, as well as highlight best practices in the region.

 

AGENDA

October 5

10 am
Welcome
Welcome
10:15
Setting the stage – a panel discussion on the role and uses of flood mapping, challenges and opportunities
Setting the stage – a panel discussion on the role and uses of flood mapping, challenges and opportunities
11:15
Overview of federal flood mapping activities by Natural Resources Canada
Overview of federal flood mapping activities by Natural Resources Canada
11:45
Provincial flood mapping examples with a focus on province-wide approaches (Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador)
Provincial flood mapping examples with a focus on province-wide approaches (Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador)
12:30
LUNCH
LUNCH
13:30
Concurrent Sessions:
Concurrent Sessions:
A) Flood Modelling Methods (technical)
B) Flood Modelling Uses (approaches)
Flood modelling for ungauged watersheds
Sea level rise & coastal modelling
Regional floodplain mapping (RFHM)
Flood mapping for coastal risk assessment
Ice jam modelling
Flood mapping in Indigenous communities
Pluvial flood modelling
Open
14:30
Concurrent Sessions:
Concurrent Sessions:
C) Communicating with Flood Maps
D) Flood Maps – public perception, regulatory
Implementing flood modelling into GIS systems (technical)
Flood mapping in land use planning & the regulatory context
Flood visualization
Flood map terminology / symbology
Impacts and consequences of mapping decisions (equity questions & considerations)
Research into public perception on flood maps
Flood susceptibility index (NRCan)
Open
15:30
BREAK
BREAK
15:45
Exploring flood mapping in Atlantic Canada: presenters from sessions, and others, are available to provide more information, respond to questions, and discuss.
Exploring flood mapping in Atlantic Canada: presenters from sessions, and others, are available to provide more information, respond to questions, and discuss.
17:00
Wrap up
Wrap up

October 6

Thursday, October 6th was a working session to identify and develop best practices for flood mapping. We limited the number of participants to ensure this day is successful. We had participants from some of the following expertise and experiences:

  • practical and previous knowledge of generating or sharing flood maps;
  • experience communicating flood hazards;
  • experience in using flood maps for planning, emergency response, conservation, or other regulatory activities;
  • an understanding of the diversity of sectors using flood maps;
  • an understanding of / or representing a diversity of backgrounds.
8:00 am
9:00
9:30
10:15
11:00
11:45
12:45
13:30
14:15
15:00
15:30
BREAKFAST
Welcome, de-brief and highlights from day 1
Working Session 1: flood mapping needs by audiences
Working Session 2: appropriate flood mapping approaches for each purpose (& audience)
Morning wrap-up, tables report back
LUNCH
Working Session 3: matching flood mapping approach to purpose (& audience) - validation
Working Session 4: equity considerations in flood mapping
Working Session 5: communicating flood risk and building trust
Afternoon wrap up, tables report back
Wrap-up and next steps
Atlantic Flood Mapping Conference