Brock Researchers To Introduce Coastal Communities Project For Addressing Impacts of Climate Change To Lincoln Residents And Stakeholders

“With this project, we want to help the community and the town contribute to solutions and strategies to adapt to climate change.” Liette Vasseur, Brock University Professor and UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability

News from Brock University in Niagara, Ontario

Posted November 26th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A research project examining how coastal communities can deal with the impacts of climate change will formally launch in the Town of Lincoln this week.

Just east of Lincoln, along the shores of Lake Ontario, the Lakeshore Park area and properties along the harbour in Port Dalhousie community of St. Catharines  were completely swamped as water levels in the lake rose to near record high levels in the spring of 2017. Walls of sandbags were placed around buildings and the popular carousel ride in the park and harbour area in an effort to minimize  damage.               File photo by Doug Draper

The town suffered around $1 million in damage as a result of back-to-back spring storms in 2017 that caused massive flooding from Lake Ontario. Announced in May, Brock University Professor and UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability Liette Vasseur is leading a three-year research study that will focus on Lincoln as the Ontario component of a wider project by Université du Québec à Rimouski.

The local research is being funded through a $280,000 grant from the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) with additional support from the Town of Lincoln and Brock. 

The Lincoln research will officially be launched on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Fleming Centre in Beamsville. Interested residents and landowners will be able to meet Vasseur and her research team and learn more about how they can participate in the project.

There will also be a short discussion to learn more about the experiences of those in attendance around climate change and extreme weather events in the town.

 “Our strong partnership with Brock enables these types of on-the-ground research opportunities, informing and providing evidence-based decisions for our community,” said Town of Lincoln CAO Michael Kirkopoulos.

Vasseur said she hopes the end result of the research will be sustainable options for the future such as how to help slow down and prevent shoreline erosion or any other impacts on the town.

 “With this project, we want to help the community and the town contribute to solutions and strategies to adapt to climate change,” she said.

  • What: MEOPAR Town of Lincoln Research Project Launch
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Fleming Centre, Room A, 5020 Serena Dr., Beamsville
  • Who: Open to all

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