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Coastal climate change vulnerability and adaptation in Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Proosdij, Danika, 1969-
dc.creator Miller, Jenna
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-07T14:24:46Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-07T14:24:46Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/27072
dc.description 1 online resource (x, 110 p.) : col. ill., col. maps
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 92-96).
dc.description.abstract As global climate changes, coastal areas such as Fundy National Park in New Brunswick are projected to feel the effects of sea level rise and associated increase in storm surge. The purpose of this research was to determine the vulnerability of the Park’s coastline to climate change impacts using field based and GIS assessments along 7km of coastline that was accessible overland. Current and future vulnerability of coastal assets were assessed under current conditions and climate change projections for 2050 and 2100 using ArcGIS 10.4 as a tool for visualization and analysis of projected sea level rise along the Park’s coastline. Finally, the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA) Coastal Community Decision Tree Web Tool was used to assess options to adapt the coastline to identified vulnerabilities, and a specific adaptation plan was created through combined use of the web tool recommendations and local knowledge. It was found that of the assessed coastline, 47% of the backshore was stable or intact, 32% was partially stable or damaged, and 19% was unstable or failing. There was a direct correlation between the locations of some low-lying features with certain coastal assets, so these assets were deemed to be vulnerable, and adaptation options were explored for their particular locations. The coastline of Fundy National Park is a major tourist draw for the Park, so it is in the best interest of managers to create a climate change monitoring and adaptation plan to maintain the coastline for the safety and enjoyment of visitors into the future. en_CA
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.title Coastal climate change vulnerability and adaptation in Fundy National Park, New Brunswick en_CA
thesis.degree.name Bachelor of Arts (Honours Geography)
thesis.degree.level Undergraduate
thesis.degree.discipline Geography and Environmental Studies
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)

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