Designing sustainable, safe and inclusive coastal communities in Atlantic Canada

Future Ocean News is a newsletter produced by Ocean Frontier Institute’s Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) research project with the purpose of connecting team members, collaborators, partners, knowledge holders and users, disseminating research, highlighting the work of partners, increasing visibility of highly qualified personnel, and promoting FOCI’s and FOCI-related opportunities and events.

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Julia’s work contributes to the ‘Foresighting Sustainable Coastal Community Infrastructures’ Integration Work Package, under the supervision of Dr. Garrett Richards and Dr. Doug Smith. She has been trained in a systems mapping tool called FRAM (Functional Resonance Analysis Method), which allows researchers to create a holistic map of a system to better understand how it functions.

The goal of her research is to understand what information decision-makers use to anticipate possible future challenges and the resulting policy impacts. She is currently exploring how utilizing tools such as the FRAM can assist decision-makers in understanding potential future impacts to the community and how to mitigate them. She will look specifically at how climate change affects coastal communities which rely on sea ice as transportation infrastructure. As climate change worsens, communities that rely on stable weather conditions and solid ice for transportation must not only adapt to current threats, but also prepare for an uncertain future.

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Research Funding was provided by the Ocean Frontier Institute, through an award from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund

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