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Published: 29 Apr 2008

McGill University and GEC3 host lecture by IPCC author, Environment Canada researcher

McGill University and GEC3 host lecture by IPCC author, Environment Canada researcher

Climate change brought about by human activity will have wide-ranging implications for the quality, availability and management of water as a resource. Since Canada has some of the largest freshwater reserves in the world, climate change could have particularly dramatic and unpredictable effects here and abroad.

On April 30, McGill University and the Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre (GEC3) present a free public lecture by Linda Mortsch, Co-ordinating Lead Author for the North America Chapter of the 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.

Since 1989, Mortsch has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading forum for assessing climate change that was the co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Mortsch will discuss water-related findings from the IPCC report and some of the emerging challenges for water resource management in the context of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system.

This free lecture is open to the public and will take place at McGill’s New Residence Hall, Ballrooms A, 3625 avenue du Parc, at 6 p.m.

Mortsch is a Senior Researcher with the Adaptation and Impacts Research Division of Environment Canada and an adjunct in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. She has 20 years of research experience in the climate change impact-assessment field. Her research interests include climate change vulnerability, impact, and adaptation assessments of water resources and wetlands, climate change scenario development and “effective” communication of climate change.

The Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre (GEC3) is a cross-disciplinary, multi-university research centre bringing together more than 40 researchers from six Quebec universities (McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, Université Laval, Université du Québec à Rimouski) to study processes, modeling and the effects of environmental and climate change.

On the Web: http://www.mcgill.ca/gec3/

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