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Session Details

Towards Best Practices in Developing Coastal Flood Scenarios for Adaptation and Risk Reduction

17 November 2020

Webinar Format
Interactive Workshop

Presentation & Discussion



  • Discuss / share challenges and best practices in developing coastal flood scenarios


Reflecting the significant uncertainties associated with future climate and socioeconomic changes, the use of multiple scenarios to place bounds on current and future flood risk is becoming more popular. However, there is no standard framework or accepted best practices for generating and selecting appropriate flood scenarios to be considered in a risk assessment. This webinar session will showcase and discuss various flood scenario development approaches taken by a diverse range of communities - from a coastal First Nations community to a Regional District that encompasses multiple communities - and highlight ways in which the scenario selection can be customized for unique contexts or end-user needs. 

The intended audience includes practitioners from all levels of government/public organizations, industry and academia that are interested in, or have been involved in, a process to assess/manage coastal flood risk. Following short presentations, participants will take part in parallel breakout discussion groups to dive deep into important aspects of scenarios development and decision-making -  e.g., Who should be involved, what kind of information should be considered, and how many scenarios are appropriate in a given context? Feedback provided by participants will help shape and enhance a number of flood-related guidelines currently being developed.


Convened by Jackie Yip & Nicky Hastings, With Enda Murphy (National Research Council), Nikki Elliott (Capital Regional District), Olympia Koziatek (City Of Victoria Emergency Management), David Forde (Associated Engineering), Silja Hund (Ebbwater Consulting), and Keith Orchiston (District of Tofino)

About Contributors

Jackie Yip, Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada

Jackie Yip is a Research Scientist within the Public Safety Geoscience Program at Natural Resources Canada, where she is leading research efforts in developing best practices and new methods for understanding flood risk and community resilience and recovery. Her research interest lies at the intersect of climate adaptation, disaster risk modelling, and decision-making, and she specializes in predictive modelling and data-visualization.

Nicky Hastings, Project Lead, Natural Resources Canada

Nicky Hastings is the project lead for the geohazard risk project within the Public Safety Geoscience Program at Natural Resources Canada. Over the last 13 years, she has been involved in the development and adaptation of risk assessment methods to support the assessment of earthquake and flood risks in Canada. She works closely with internal and external partners to better understand how scientific knowledge can inform decision-making.

Nikki Elliott, Climate Action Program Coordinator, Capital Regional District

Nikki Elliott is the Climate Action Program Coordinator at the Capital Regional District located in Victoria, BC . Nikki leads a team supporting the organization and the region’s 13 municipalities and 3 electoral areas in developing and implementing emissions reduction and adaptation strategies and undertaking climate change related technical and planning studies and community partnership activities. Working with an inter-municipal project team, Nikki was the CRD’s project manager for the Capital Regional Coastal Flood Inundation Mapping Project.

Keith Orchiston, Emergency Program Coordinator (EPC), District of Tofino

Keith Orchiston is an emergency management professional providing emergency planning and project management support for the District of Tofino as the Emergency Program Coordinator (EPC). Over the past seven years, Keith has gained invaluable insight being involved with mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts, as both emergency planner and responder. From project managing a Coastal Flood Risk Assessment and Tsunami Vertical Evacuation (TVE) scoping study to directing tsunami evacuation response efforts, Keith knows first-hand the challenges involved and the integrated risk management approach required to produce comprehensive objective-driven action plans for all phases of the emergency management lifecycle.