Surrey is preparing for climate change with a three-year Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy
The Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) is taking a participatory, community-driven planning approach to exploring the impacts of climate change on Surrey’s coastline, and the long-term adaption options available to our City.
The project will engage residents, stakeholders, and other partners, including First Nations, community and environmental organizations, business associations and groups, senior governments, farmers and the agricultural community, and neighbouring jurisdictions in them.
The CFAS project is broken into five phases that are illustrated here along with a general project timeline.
Right now we are in Phase 1 where we want to find out what matters most and who is affected.
Coastal cities face numerous challenges as a result of climate change and, more specifically, sea level rise. Regardless of possible reductions in future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the planet is already ‘locked in’ to some climate changes.
Projected impacts for coastal communities include increased higher sea levels, increased frequency and intensity of storms and storm surges (when water is pushed ashore by wind and waves), more erosion of coastlines, impacts on infrastructure, loss of beaches and coastal ecosystems, soil salinization, and groundwater pooling. The Province of British Columbia advises municipalities to plan for at least 1 metre of sea level rise over the next 80 years.
Find out more about Surrey's coastal floodplain.
To prepare for increased coastal flood hazard, there are several types of approaches available to consider:
Build or raise structures to keep floodwaters out.
Make changes to human activities and/or buildings and infrastructure to improve resilience to increased flooding.
Plan for the eventual relocation of people and buildings currently in the floodplain.
Utilize a combination of adaptation pathways.