A research project examining how coastal communities can deal with the impacts of climate change will formally launch in the Town of Lincoln, Ontario this week.

The town suffered around $1 million in damage as a result of back-to-back spring storms in 2017 that caused massive flooding from Lake Ontario. Announced in May, Brock University Professor and UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability Liette Vasseur is leading a three-year research study that will focus on Lincoln as the Ontario component of a wider project by Université du Québec à Rimouski.

The local research is being funded through a $280,000 grant from the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) with additional support from the Town of Lincoln and Brock University.

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The Lincoln research will officially be launched tomorrow, November 29th, in the Fleming Centre in Beamsville. Interested residents and landowners will be able to meet Vasseur and her research team and learn more about how they can participate in the project. There will also be a short discussion to learn more about the experiences of those in attendance around climate change and extreme weather events in the town.

“Our strong partnership with Brock enables these types of on-the-ground research opportunities, informing and providing evidence-based decisions for our community,” said Town of Lincoln CAO Michael Kirkopoulos.

Vasseur said she hopes the end result of the research will be sustainable options for the future, such as how to help slow down and prevent shoreline erosion or any other impacts on the town.

“With this project, we want to help the community and the town contribute to solutions and strategies to adapt to climate change,” Vasseur said.

What: MEOPAR Town of Lincoln Research Project Launch

When: Thursday, November 29th, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Fleming Centre, Room A, 5020 Serena Drive, Beamsville

Who: Open to all

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