Our Incredible Shrinking Island

Storm waves crashing over the North Rustico breakwater on October 5, 2011 (Don Jardine)

Researchers from UPEI’s Climate Research Lab are travelling across Prince Edward Island over the next month to speak with communities about sea-level rise.

Dr. Adam Fenech, director of the lab, and his team will make presentations to increase understanding and awareness about the impacts of sea-level rise, coastal erosion, and storm surges. They will also discuss tools for adaptation and coastal planning. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss what sea-level rise means for them.

The events are open to the public and will run for approximately two hours. Refreshments will be provided. There is no charge to attend. The winter presentations include:

  • Friday, February 16, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm: John J. Sark Memorial School, Lennox Island
  • Tuesday, February 20 6:30 pm–8:30 pm: The Eagle Nest, North Rustico
  • Thursday, February 22, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm: Fire Hall, Tyne Valley
  • Tuesday, March 6, 1:30 pm–3:00 pm: Eastern Kings Community Centre, Bothwell

Please RSVP by emailing climate@upei.ca or calling 902-894-2852.

A second set of four presentations will be scheduled this summer.

These workshops are part of the national Educating Coastal Communities About Sea-level Rise (ECoAS) project, which is supported by financial contributions from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the UPEI Climate Research Lab, the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, and the Ecology Action Centre. For more information about the project, please visit sealevelrise.ca.