Climate change is a reality that individuals and communities must be aware of. Climate change has the potential to disrupt many systems that we rely upon (such as emergency response, agriculture and transportation); however, with good planning, communities can prepare themselves for both positive and negative impacts, and also take a leadership role in lessening future effects on the climate. In the past 100 years, Southwestern BC has gotten approximately 1.2°C warmer and 5% wetter, and model projections indicate that the region will continue to get warmer and wetter, with increases in precipitation occurring primarily in winter. These changes will have many impacts on natural and human systems. In this presentation, Dr. Ian Picketts will talk about some of these impacts, what they may mean for this region, and how we can prepare for them.
The Quest Lecture series takes place on the second Wednesday of each month.
About the speaker
Ian worked as a park ranger in northern Ontario, way back when, and studied environmental engineering at Queen’s University. As an engineer he spent several years performing remediation work across northern and western Canada. Ian’s growing concern regarding the underlying causes of the messes he was cleaning up led him to work for the Pembina Institute as an environmental policy analyst, where he worked to promote sustainable energy development and climate change action with communities, governments and industry. A move and a realization that he needed to broaden his education (and work on his writing) led Ian to complete his master’s and PhD degrees at the University of Northern BC (UNBC). His research was interdisciplinary and action oriented, focusing on climate change adaptation in the city of Prince George. Ian worked with many partners to develop a climate change adaptation strategy and implement actions in policy and practice. One of Ian’s primary interests is exploring how to effectively communicate complex information to practitioners and community members so that it can be applied in real-life.
While at UNBC Ian taught multiple courses in outdoor recreation, natural resources, and environmental planning. Ongoing post-doctoral research focuses on how the impacts of climate change interrelate with the impacts of resource development in northern watersheds. He also assisted in creating a plan for an integrated sea level rise management strategy for the BC lower mainland. In his spare time he is involved in cycling advocacy and energy development issues in northern BC. Ian enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor pursuits of all sorts, particularly biking, running, skiing, and swimming. The role of outdoor recreation in fostering environmental responsibility also fascinates him. Ian will probably be the worst climber in Squamish.