Climate change is having an impact on industry, ecosystems, and communities across the Okanagan. Wildfires, drought, and flooding already challenge local infrastructure and pose health risks to communities. The three regional districts in the Okanagan Basin (North Okanagan, Central Okanagan, and Okanagan-Similkameen) have worked together to understand how climate change will affect the region over time, and this report is intended to raise awareness and assist communities in preparing and planning for the future.
The purpose of this report is to offer science-based information on how the Okanagan’s climate is changing and expected to change over the 21st century. In the report, projections for the 2050s illustrate the likely trajectory of climate change regardless of global emissions reductions, and projections for the 2080s illustrate a future climate scenario, assuming little progress by late century on a global shift away from a fossil fuel–based economy.
Read the report OK_Climate_Projections_Report_Final.