Adaptation to climate change

Adaptation to climate change

Climate change action can be viewed through two lenses: mitigation and adaptation.

Mitigation reduces greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the impact of climate change.

Adaptation lowers the risks associated with the consequences of climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) describes the vulnerability to climate change through these three factors:

  • exposure to hazards
  • sensitivity to hazards
  • capacity to adapt to those hazards

Scientists predict New Brunswick will be warmer, with increased precipitation, storm events and severe weather events, such as:

  • rising sea levels
  • storm surges
  • coastal erosion
  • flooding

No data at UNB Fredericton or Saint John shows the campus-specific risks and vulnerabilities to adapt to climate change. By 2025, UNB would like to conduct assessments to prepare the adaptation action plan and plan for the future.