Despite global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world is facing a different climate future. Canada is warming at twice the global average rate and impacts are already being felt and anticipated to worsen.
Our ecosystems, communities and our economy are being challenged. Wildfire, flooding, and drought have already tested local infrastructure, caused economic losses, and posed health risks to communities. It's now imperative that governments and individuals act to minimize, prepare for and adapt to these future extremes.
That's why the Regional Districts of the North, Central and South Okanagan Similkameen have partnered with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and Pinna Sustainability and developed a Climate Projections report for the Okanagan. This report provides the scientific foundation to make informed decisions that support community action and to better prepare for climate variations over the next 30 and 60 years.
Findings indicate that the Okanagan can expect significant changes including:
- Warmer temperatures year-round
- Summers will be considerably hotter
- Increased duration of growing season
- Warmer winter temperatures
- Increased precipitation across all seasons except summer
- Summer is expected to remain the driest season, and become drier; and
- We can expect shifting seasons
Funding for the report was provided by the three regional districts, Natural Resources Canada in partnership with the Fraser Basin Council and the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program.