Researchers at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Climate Lab are using video game technology to show the impact of rising sea-levels on island communities. Dr. Adam Fenech is investigating the impact of climate change on coastal communities, in part thanks to $252,000 he received in research funding from Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) and Irving Shipbuilding in 2016.
His team is also using drones to capture high-resolution images which will provide the basis for digital simulations. These simulations will allow researchers to identify the areas that are being impacted the most. Lennox Island and Rocky Point, both First Nations communities, are two areas where the research is focused. This CBC story shows the effects of erosion on Lennox Island already and the work of Dr. Fenech’s team.
As part of its National Shipbuilding Strategy Value Proposition commitment, Irving Shipbuilding is investing 0.5% of the contract value in research and initiatives to support a vibrant and sustainable marine industry in Canada. To date the company has committed over $6 million to organizations involved in research, education and growth of Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industries.