Thursday, March 7, 2024

Mapping Hazards in Metro Vancouver

In Metro Vancouver, we are subject to several natural hazards, including wildfires, flooding, and earthquakes. The Metro Vancouver Regional District is working on maps highlighting the geographical risks. These maps could help people, including those in government, make informed choices on risk management, climate change mitigation, development, and risk mitigation measures.

The following is a multi-hazard map for Metro Vancouver. It shows areas subject to hazards, which include riverine flooding, coastal flooding, earthquakes, and wildfires.

Multi-hazard map of Metro Vancouver. Select the image to enlarge. Source: Metro Vancouver Regional District.

Grey means none of the four hazards are present. Yellow is one risk, orange is two risks, and as the risks increase, the colour becomes more red.

Langley City is subject to both coast and riverine flooding. A previous blog post explains how the City plans to mitigate this risk in the long term.

For more information, including single-hazard maps, please review the March 8 Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Committee Agenda starting on page 10.

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