National Data and Integrated Scenarios

The National Data and Integrated Scenarios (NDIS) Working Group, based at the University of British Columbia, is compiling secondary data to create a user-friendly searchable research database. This database will house important social, cultural, governance, economic and environmental data and we envision that it will help researchers more easily assess and monitor trends related to the health of Canada’s three coastal-ocean environments. Through our work with scenario modelling, we are mapping the potential pathways to human and environmental sustainability within Canada’s coastal-ocean regions and appraising their associated opportunities and risks.

In addition to our formal SSHRC partners, the Nereus and Sea Around Us programs at the University of British Columbia are informal associates of the NDIS Working Group.

Activities 2015/2016

The NDIS Working Group was involved in a number of initiatives in 2015/2016: 1) taking stock of the available datasets on Canada’s three oceans and developing a first version of the OCP database; 2) discussing with other WGs on developing an OCP platform for sharing and archiving data; 3) publishing a policy paper in Marine Policy suggesting actions that can be taken by the Canadian federal government to support the sustainability of Canadian coastal communities and the oceans that support them; 4) developing a global database of aboriginal fisheries (manuscript submitted to PloS One); 5) developing an innovative fuzzy logic algorithm to synthesize available data (both quantitative and qualitative) to assess the status and trends of Canada’s oceans; 6) identifying and extracting data for indicators to assess the status of Canada’s oceans in relation to the Aichi Targets on the conservation of biodiversity; 7) reviewing the literature on the application of scenario analysis to study potential future states of Canada’s oceans, and the situations of the communities that depend on them socially, culturally and economically (manuscript submitted to Regional Environmental Change); 8) adapting simulation models to make projections for the future of Canada’s oceans under climate change and ocean acidification; 9) in collaboration with Mitac and the Vancouver Aquarium, reviewing the literature on the potential implications of marine pollutants to the health of coastal ecosystems and communities in Canada; 10) studying the Bella Bella herring fishery to determine its economic and social contributions to different groups, in particular, women; 11) initiating the establishment of a set of indicators to evaluate the social and economic contribution of Canada’s oceans to the wellbeing of coastal communities; 12) continuing to work on the contributions of small scale vs. large scale fisheries in BC; 13) initiating a collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to contribute to the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program that assesses the socio-economic impacts of ocean acidification on the Canadian Arctic.