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Implications of climate change for economic development in northern Canada: energy, resource, and transportation sectors.

Authors
  • Prowse, Terry D
  • Furgal, Chris
  • Chouinard, Rebecca
  • Melling, Humfrey
  • Milburn, David
  • Smith, Sharon L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ambio
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2009
Volume
38
Issue
5
Pages
272–281
Identifiers
PMID: 19714960
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Northern Canada is projected to experience major changes to its climate, which will have major implications for northern economic development. Some of these, such as mining and oil and gas development, have experienced rapid expansion in recent years and are likely to expand further, partly as the result of indirect effects of changing climate. This article reviews how a changing climate will affect several economic sectors including the hydroelectric, oil and gas, and mining industries as well as infrastructure and transportation, both marine and freshwater. Of particular importance to all sectors are projected changes in the cryosphere, which will create both problems and opportunities. Potential adaptation strategies that could be used to minimize the negative impacts created by a climate change are also reviewed.

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