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Local knowledge is also

Local knowledge is also a key source of information on changing conditions.Residents who have lived in an area for a long time may have observed changesto local weather patterns and climate. This knowledge can be combined withobservations made by researchers in order to understand the changes happeningin your community.What We Can Expect in the FutureTaking into account climatic changes, economic development and social changes,use Table 5 to explore what issues might affect your community in the future. In the‘Comments’ column, record any information you think is relevant, such as:Photo credit: P. CareenAn example of slump, a type ofslope failure.• Whether or not the issue is new in your community;• How serious you think the issue will be; and• What the reason is for the change.Table 5: Climate Change Issues in The FutureIssueFutureIssueYesFutureIssueNoCommentsFlooding❏ ❏Coastalvulnerability ❏ ❏Drinking watersupply ❏ ❏Slope movement❏ ❏Winter conditions❏ ❏Wildfires❏ ❏Other❏ ❏IntroductionXI

Before you work through any chapter of this workbook, you should take some timeto identify the most important issues in your community.Using Table 6, identify issues that you feel are important enough for your communityto consider in detail.Table 6: Issues that your community should consider in detailIssuePlease indicate with a √ if you think this issue is importantenough to consider in detail.Flooding ❏ ❏Coastal vulnerability ❏ ❏Slope movement ❏ ❏Drinking water supply ❏ ❏Winter conditions ❏ ❏Wildfire ❏ ❏Other ❏ ❏YesNoNow that you have a better understanding of the types of issues affecting yourcommunity, explore the locations where those issues are occurring and who orwhat is most impacted. This workbook is divided into chapters based on specificissues such as flooding, coastal vulnerability and winter conditions. Please workthrough the chapters that are relevant to your community.Road damage on Random Island,NL, due to Hurricane Igor, 2010.Photo credit: Fire and Emergency Services , NLXII7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community

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