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Fri, Apr 19

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Climate Hub Webinar: Columbia River Treaty and Climate Change

How will climate disruption affect hydrology and ecosystems within the Columbia River Basin? Join Greg Utzig for our April webinar exploring the projections, and their potential implications for a renewed Columbia River Treaty.

Climate Hub Webinar: Columbia River Treaty and Climate Change
Climate Hub Webinar: Columbia River Treaty and Climate Change

Time & Location

Apr 19, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Zoom - registration required

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About the event

Climate change, or more appropriately “climate disruption,” will bring significant changes to ecosystems and water management in the Upper Columbia Basin. To support Columbia River Treaty negotiations, projected climate change scenarios are being used to assess the resilience of any proposed changes to reservoir management under a range of climate change futures. Greg Utzig will summarize the projected climate changes, and their implications for future management of reservoirs and seasonal flows in the Columbia Basin. The changing conditions will provide a challenging environment for future managers, and the spectre of projected increases in frequency and intensity of extreme events will compound this complexity.

Greg is a conservation ecologist and land use planning consultant based in Nelson. He has over 40 years experience in environmental impact assessment, watershed analysis, terrain and vegetation mapping, habitat inventory and modeling. He has contributed to various reports concerning the environmental impacts of reservoirs on the Columbia/ Kootenay River system in BC and the potential for mitigating those impacts. He is a member of the Columbia Basin Regional Advisory Committee, a technical advisor to the Upper Columbia Basin Environmental Collaborative, and has participated in the International Collaborative Modeling Workgroup.

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