Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 09:30

Thu, July 29, 2021 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM See description.

The heatwave that occurred in western Canada in early July 2021 broke temperature records in many areas, causing possibly over 600 excess heat-related deaths and a mass die-off of marine life along the seashore in British Columbia. Recent studies show that climate change has been increasing the intensity and frequency of heatwaves. The ocean, rivers, and lakes, as well as their fisheries and dependent human communities, such as coastal Indigenous people, are also largely affected by heatwaves in addition to the other impacts from climate change. We need to act to prevent the avoidable impacts and adapt to the unavoidable changes, locally through initiatives such as the British Columbia Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy and internationally through the Paris Agreement.

In this webinar, we bring together leading experts in climatology, oceanography, aquatic ecology, and fisheries from UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries to share their knowledge about heatwaves and their impacts on biodiversity and dependent human communities. The webinar will also provide a forum to discuss responses and actions that are needed at individual, community, and governmental levels to address the increasing threats from heatwaves to biodiversity and society.

The webinar will feature short talks focusing on different aspects of heatwaves and their implications for aquatic ecosystems and fisheries, as indicated below. These will be followed by a Q&A and discussion between the speakers, invited community partners, and seminar participants.

Crime Scene Investigation: 2021 West Coast Heatwave
Simon Donner, Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Department of Geography

Well that stunk: The 2021 heat dome and mass die-offs of seashore life
Christopher Harley, Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Department of Zoology

What heatwaves mean for the coastal ocean in British Columbia
Brian Hunt, Assistant Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

Adding fuel to the fire: Heatwaves impact on fish stocks that are already threatened by multiple stresses
William Cheung, Professor and Director, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries