Atlantic Canada Flood Mapping Conference

October 5 and 6, 2022

Halifax, Nova Scotia (Virtual & in-person)

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

The Atlantic Canada Flood Mapping Conference aims to address some of the key challenges concerning flood hazard mapping methodologies applied in the Atlantic provinces. The event will host 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 is to bring more clarity for local stakeholders across the flood mapping framework, as well as highlight best practices in the region. 

– Registration is now closed – 



The conference will take place at the Atlantica Hotel, 1980 Robie St. at Quinpool, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

There is a block of rooms reserved at the Atlantica Hotel until September 9th at a rate of $159.00. Call to book your spot: (902) 423-1161.


October 5

The sessions for this day will be offered in person as well as virtually. Registration is free, but RSVP is required. The goal of this first day is to share and explore flood mapping approaches used across the region with participants who need to produce, research, or use flood maps.

10 am
Setting the stage – a panel discussion on the role and uses of flood mapping, challenges and opportunities
Overview of federal flood mapping activities by Natural Resources Canada
Provincial flood mapping examples with a focus on province-wide approaches (Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador)
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
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)
Exploring flood mapping in Atlantic Canada: presenters from sessions, and others, are available to provide more information, respond to questions, and discuss.
Wrap up

October 6

Thursday, October 6th is a working session to identify and develop best practices for flood mapping. We are limiting the number of participants to ensure that day is successful, and intend on having a balanced representation from all jurisdictions, rights-holders and stakeholders. We expect participants to have 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.

****Space is limited- 50 for in person and 15 online.****

We will notify you either before or by September 10th if your participation has been accepted. 

Express your interest for Day 2 here: 

8:00 am
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
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
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