Rising sea levels throughout metro Vancouver putting landmarks at risk

Vancouver is at risk of losing landmark communities like Granville Island and False Creek unless the city starts taking measures to defend its shoreline against rising sea levels, an urban planner warns.

Andrew Yan, a planner and researcher with Bing Thom Architects, estimates the city will have to spend upwards of $510 million to build and upgrade the dikes and seawalls — plus billions more to buy the land to put them on — over the next century.

“What’s under threat in Vancouver is a lot of our identity; our beaches, our seawall … this is what makes Vancouver such a livable place,” Yan said. “We just need to look at Granville Island and its exposure to sea level rise and what may be required to defend it.”

Vancouver isn’t the only city under threat.

Vancouver Sun

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3 responses to “Rising sea levels throughout metro Vancouver putting landmarks at risk

  1. “We just need to look at Granville Island and its exposure to sea level rise and what may be required to defend it.”

    I whipped out my Google Earth, and it shows the general elevation of Granville Island to be 13-20 feet. Nothing to see here, folks.

    BWTM: Why spend billions “to defend it?” Adapting would be so much cheaper.

  2. Mayor “Moonbeam” Robertson’s election had significant financing from…wait fer it…Tides.
    Go figure.
    He also owns a property and the adjoining land was converted to a park…with money from Tides. Nope, no conflict of interest here…sarc

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