The changes to climatic conditions in Canada are anticipated to have a significant impact on the Canadian forest industry. Resource roads are considered particularly vulnerable to the immediate and short-term impacts of climate change. Adaptation strategies for resource roads and infrastructure must be developed and implementation initiated to ensure that the road infrastructure required for forest access is maintained and made resilient to climatic impacts.
Given the significance that resource roads have to economic and social well-being, efforts are required to understand the implications of climate change in order to adapt roads and infrastructure to its impacts. Until recently, discussions have been focused on the understanding of the challenges and efforts to mitigate climate change through reductions in the production of greenhouse gases, a primary contributor to climate change. The adaptation of resource roads to climate change is a relatively new concept and there currently exists very little information that identifies adaptation practices, assesses performance and recommends implementation practices that allow for mainstreaming of adaptation for resource roads.
This report presents the risks and vulnerabilities of resource roads to climate change and suggested adaptation methods and practices. The report is available free of charge by clicking here. More information can be obtained by contacting Mark Partington, Senior Researcher, Roads and Infrastructure.