Prince George prepares for climate extremes

Average temperatures in Prince George have increased in the past 90 years. Annual average temperatures are expected to go up by 1.9 to 3.7°C by 2050 and bring warmer winters and long, dry summers. Prince George is already experiencing the impacts of climate change in the form of more intense wildfire seasons, forest pest infestations, and less snow in the winter.

Prince George is preparing for climate change through multiple initiatives, including a flood risk assessment incorporating future climate projections, recommended adjustments for forests to account for climate change and the mountain pine beetle, as well as ongoing research about how to better design and maintain roads in changing conditions. Top priorities for Prince George include forests (addressing increasing forest fires and insect outbreaks) and flooding (protecting properties from damage from more frequent floods).

Prince George is now taking actions to:

  • Examine climate change and local sensitive ecosystems.
  • Analyze freeze-thaw cycles and precipitation events.
  • Future projects may include: exploring how Prince George can take advantage of agricultural opportunities from a longer growing season and managing stormwater for changing conditions.