Floods are already one of the most common natural hazards in Newfoundland and Labrador. As climate change continues to increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, inland flooding is becoming more common and costly. Flooding can threaten public safety, damage property and infrastructure, and cost millions in emergency assistance, clean-up and rebuilding efforts. In September 2005, the Town of Stephenville in Western Newfoundland suffered severe flooding when extreme precipitation caused nearby rivers to overflow.
This application was created by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. It is designed to provide a broad overview of how climate change is impacting Newfoundland and Labrador, and facilitate meeting curriculum outcomes for the high school course Environmental Science 3205.