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Sustainable management of water levels and flows

Sufficient water supply is important to maintain ecosystems in proper condition. This also holds true for ensuring the continuation of various recreational, municipal and industrial activities that take place on the St. Lawrence. Water levels must also be evaluated in light of current and future changes in climate.

Projects 2016-2021

Establish a Climate Change Coordination Committee

Climate change affects the St. Lawrence ecosystem as much as its commercial potential. In the previous phase of the SLAP, in collaboration with OuranosExternal link, a consortium on regional climatology and climate change adaptation, the preliminary committee prepared a state of knowledge report on climate change particularly in terms of how it affects the St. Lawrence.

In this new phase of the SLAP, the Climate Change Coordination Committee is established. It brings together the various actors involved, from different levels of government and civil society, to promote knowledge sharing and, ultimately, efficient responses in this area. The committee looks at the uses of the Seaway from the perspective of vulnerability to climate change and promotes knowledge sharing among key players.

Projects 2011-2016

Study the impact of climate change on water flows

This project seeks to characterize changes in water flows in the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence system based on climate change scenarios developed for various spatial and temporal levels.

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Integrate Earth observation technologies into emergency preparedness activites relating to water levels

The goal of this project is to achieve more effective response planning and management of problems (e.g., ice jams, ice break-up, flooding, etc.) relating to ice formation on rivers in selected hydrological regions in Quebec. Monitoring indicators will be designed in this regard to support the prediction of hydrological natural disasters in the Chaudière River and Montréal archipelago through the processing of images collected using the RADARSAT-2 satellite.

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Establish a climate changes coordination committee

Coordinated by Ouranos, this committee will have the mandate to identify the main issues as well as needs in research and development related to the impacts of climate changes, ecosystems and uses vulnerabilities, and adaptation tools and options.

Read the backgrounder for this project.