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First Meeting in Applied Research Series

On October 10th, PCIC held its first meeting of a three-part series that is structured around PCIC’s three applied research themes: Climate Analysis and Monitoring, Regional Climate Impacts and Hydrologic Impacts. The series is intended to serve as a two-way exchange between users of PCIC services and PCIC scientists and product developers.

The meeting, which was held at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, focused on PCIC's Climate Analysis and monitoring theme, which provides access to information about the past and present climate for British Columbia. Following a welcome by PCIC Director Francis Zwiers, presentations were delivered by Ted Weick, from the BC Ministry of Environment, and PCIC's Faron Anslow and James Hiebert. User engagement was encouraged through the extended question and discussion periods held after each presentation and a panel discussion on whether the proposed services meet user needs. Feedback garnered from PCIC's users at the meeting has already led to research propositions to meet the users' requests and a summary of the users' needs and PCIC's ability to meet these needs is in preparation.

The next meeting in the series will be on the Regional Climate Impacts theme and will be held on November 19th, at the Inn at Laurel Point. The final meeting, on the Hydrologic Impacts theme will be held in February 2014. If you or someone at your organization is interested in these events, please join our mailing list for the PCIC user engagement meeting series by contacting Cassbreea Dewis at The meetings will be small to encourage discussion, thus preregistration will be required.