The projections from the world’s scientists are clear. The climate is changing in dramatic ways and no region of the world is untouched. Average temperatures and sea levels are rising, precipitation patterns are changing, and severe weather events are becoming more frequent.

Many national governments, international organizations and think tanks have concluded that climate change has the potential to stress domestic or homeland security capabilities and to disrupt the international security environment -- simultaneously. Canada is a laggard internationally when it comes to identifying and addressing climate change as a security challenge of unprecedented scope and seriousness.

A research team in the Centre of International Relations at UBC is exploring the potential security implications of climate change for Canada, with a particular focus on the anticipated challenges for Canadian organizations with responsibilities and accountabilities in the areas of public safety, national security and international security.

For more information or to discuss collaboration opportunities, contact Margaret Purdy at or Leanne Smythe at

Mailing address:

Climate Change and Security Project Team
Centre of International Relations
Room 203, 6476 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
V6T 1Z2

Telephone contact:
(604) 822-5480