Preparing mountain tourism for a warmer and decarbonized Canada
Natalie Knowles – PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Daniel Scott – Research Supervisor, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Partner Organization: Protect Our Winters Canada (national organization)
Dave Erb, Executive Director of Protect Our Winters Canada
Project Timeline: May – September 2020
The goal of this project is to inform discussions and implementation of climate change responsiveness and increase the sustainability and viability of Canada’s mountain tourism sector in a warming world. This project will use a multi-method, human-environmental systems framework to assess Canadian ski tourism climate and carbon risks at the national scale. Using a world-leading ski operations climate risk model, new sector applications of carbon accounting methods, and existing industry consultation channels, this trans-disciplinary project will co-develop future-focused climate responses with industry and community stakeholders to proactively assist transitions towards a decarbonized tourism industry and climate-resilient mountain communities.
This project will provide Protect Our Winters Canada with state-of-the-art climate change risk assessment and adaptation strategies. Protect Our Winters Canada will mobilize this research through its strong partnerships with Canadian mountain communities, ski areas, and other industry brands and leaders.