Considering the current state of knowledge in the field of climate change (CC) and the risks associated with the potential development of hydrometeorological hazards (with significant impacts on humans and the environment), there is a growing need for training to meet the challenges of these issues, increase resilience, and optimize the transmission of information of a multidisciplinary nature.
In hydrometeorological risk management, transdisciplinary competence or expertise is necessary to combine the optimal application of estimates, projections and best practices for risk communication geared toward the population and decision makers.
In this context, it is important to orient and develop both research and training for the next generation. Demand for this research and training is growing rapidly, both nationally and internationally.
UQAM has expertise in several key areas related to CC (regional climate modeling, impacts of human activity on the environment and local climate, particularly in urban environments, risk communication, etc.). Environment Canada (EC) also has available expertise (in weather and climate forecasts and projections, meteorological and hydrological services, etc.). As such, these two institutions entered a partnership to jointly offer a summer school on reducing impacts and managing weather related risks. This summer university will be held from June 8 to 12, 2015 at UQAM.