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Until the end of April 2015, Andrea Minano will be in charge of updating the ParCA website. If you would like to have a story published or update a specific section, please email aminano[at]uwaterloo.ca  

New ParCA Website Content Creator


Samantha Page from the St. Mary’s University recently defended her Master’s thesis titled, “DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF A GEOMORPHIC-BASED VULNERABILITY INDEX FOR ASSESSING RELATIVE COASTAL VULNERABILITY TO EROSION UNDER WAVE ENERGY SCENARIOS ASSOCIATED WITH CLIMATE CHANGE”. The following is a description of her work and results

Coastal Vulnerability Scenarios in Lockeport, Nova Scotia


The following are key summary points from Dr. Tanya Chung Tiam Fook‘s report titled, “Coastal Communities and Climate Change Adaptation on Prince Edward Island: Scenarios, challenges and opportunities”. Key climate-related challenges for estuaries and inland watersheds include: watershed habitats and the health, migration and spawning of marine, intertidal and freshwater […]

Report Summary: Local Climate Change Adaptation in PEI



This movie presents the fieldwork that Dr. Luna Khirfan has conducted in Tobago in Summer 2013.  Two students: Amelia Xin and Vivian Yu produced this movie during an independent study under the direct supervision of Dr. Luna Khirfan.

Video: Climate Change Adaptation in Tobago


In June 2014, ParCA researchers travelled to Shelburne County and the Region of Queens Municipality, Nova Scotia. The team was primarily composed of 4 Master’s students from the University of Waterloo: Shandel Brown, Saveena Patara, Maliha Majeed and Andrea Minano. Other associates from ParCA were able to attend for parts of the […]

Travelling to Nova Scotia


Building on the Community-Based Vulnerability Assessment (CBVA) conducted in January 2013 in Negril, the study site in Jamaica, a research team that comprised of lead researcher Dr. Luna Khirfan and six graduate and undergraduate students were situated in Negril for 10 days (May 30 – June 8, 2014). Part of PLAN 474-674 […]

CBVA Update: Negril, Jamaica



Michelle Rutty’s PhD, “Weather and Climate for Coastal Tourism,” advances climate resource assessments for tourism. The research findings further our understanding of the complex relationships between personal and meteorological parameters that influence climatic preferences, perceptions and thresholds. Through concurrent meteorological measurements and in situ surveys with beach tourists in the […]

Research Findings: Weather and Climate for Coastal Tourism


The Jamaica Community-Based Vulnerability Assessment (CBVA) research team conducted an interactive community feedback session in Negril on April 15, 2014, at the Negril Community Center. This session was a method of validating the previously collected and analyzed CBVA data to ensure the results that are perceived by the CBVA team are […]

CBVA Update: Negril, Jamaica


ParCA is now three years in to its five-year mandate. The following video provides an overview on the results that have been achieved to date.

Video: ParCA Results in Year 3



A team of five core researchers (Maliha Majeed, Donovan Campbell, Ashley Sprague, Steven Alexander, and Thalia Balkaran), under the supervision of Johanna Wandel and Derek Armitage, conducted a total of 154 interviews in Negril, Jamaica over the months of November and December 2012. The team immersed themselves within the community of […]

Conducting Interviews in Negril, Jamaica


In May 2012, following a successful week of introductions, site planning meetings and knowledge exchanges, a team of four began the Community-Based Vulnerability Assessment (CBVA) for Tobago. Amanda Palmer, Canadian Master’s Candidate at the University of Waterloo, Alvin Thompson, Tobagonian PhD Candidate at the University of Waterloo and Heather Stager, ParCA […]

CBVA Update: Tobago


The Partnership for Canada Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCA) is now entering its second year. Many accomplishments make up the first year, most notably the ParCA Community Based Vulnerability Assessment (CBVA) training workshop and CBVA field work was completed in May and June of 2012 in the Tobago study […]

ParCA Year 1 in Review



Following an extensive review of the proposals, ParCA was awarded the funds for the $2.5 million dollar research project under the IRIACC IDRC Challenge Fund in mid-2011. Upon notification of their success, Primary Investigators Drs. Daniel Scott and Murray Simpson, organized a meeting at one of their four community study […]

ParCA Inception Meeting – Montego Bay, Jamaica