Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Climate Change in Northern BC

Wednesday June 5, 2019  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - Smithers BC

About this presentation

This presentation will give an overview of recent changes in climate, focusing on the northwest, from instrumental observations. It will also discuss climate change projections, impacts and adaptation. 

About Vanessa Foord, M.Sc., P.Ag.

Vanessa Foord is a Research Climatologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. She has been studying northern BC climate, climate change, and climate change impacts since 2002. She has a M.Sc. in Earth Science from Simon Fraser University and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Northern BC. She is a Professional Agrologist, and member of the American Meteorological Society, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, American Geophysical Union and Canadian Institute of Forestry. 


The climate of northern BC is changing. Over the last century, temperatures have increase about 1 degree globally, 2 degrees in BC, and 3 degrees in just northern BC. Warming temperatures are also influencing changes to our weather patterns, precipitation trends, and extreme events. These changes are having impacts to our forests, water, mountains and wildlife throughout northern BC. This presentation will discuss changing temperature and precipitation trends from instrumental observations in the north, focusing on the northwest, as well as future projections and the impacts being observed. Some of the BC Government’s adaptation strategies will also be presented.