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Jeff Birchall

Jeff Birchall, BA, BES, MES, PhD

Assistant Professor

Science

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

About Me

My research centres around the theme coastal community climate resilience, which broadly explores how communities confront climate change and adapt to the emerging challenges imposed on them due to increases in temperature, more extreme weather events and a rise in sea level. In particular, my work explores the decision dynamics around climate change adaptation policies and actions, and is informed by institutional and resilience theory. My research focuses on coastal communities in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States.



Research

Local scale climate change impacts Local government climate change policy (mitigation and adaptation) Urban/ community climate resilience/ adaptation

Research interest:

Broadly speaking, my research is organized around the theme resilient cities and communities. In particular, research is divided into two programs: a) local government decision dynamics around carbon management (mitigation); and b) local government climate adaptation planning, which explores how coastal cities and communities confront climate change and adapt to the emerging challenges imposed on them due to increases in temperature, more extreme weather events and a rise in sea level.

Currently, my research program is focused on the motivations (slow v. immediate threats), extent (embedded v. appendage), actions (reactionary v. anticipatory) and nature (internal capacity) of planning for climate change adaptation in British Columbia coastal communities. This research is also informed by case studies in New Zealand and Australia, as well as Arctic Canada/US.



Teaching