The Coastal Cities At Risk (CCAR) Project

Many low-lying coastal, river-delta mega-cities, already stressed by rapid population growth and economic, social, health and cultural difficulties, are now increasingly vulnerable due to climate change. The overall objective of the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR): Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities Program is to develop the knowledge base and enhance the capacity of mega-cities to successfully adapt to and when necessary cope with risks posed by the effects of climate change, including sea level rise, in the context of urban growth and development.

The CCaR project will take an interdisciplinary approach involving natural, engineering, socio-political-economic and health scientists and will build upon and partner with leading programs: START; Integrated Research on Disaster Risk; and other Canadian and international projects. The cities (Bangkok, Lagos, Manila, Vancouver) were chosen to: have a range of climate-weather, socio-cultural-economic characteristics; be representative of other cities; and provide enhanced research opportunities through ongoing efforts.

The outputs will be: new integrated knowledge on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies and their socioeconomic-health implications; integrated, interdisciplinary simulation models to develop, test and validate knowledge-based adaptation actions; and increased numbers of highly-qualified people, both academic and practitioners, through knowledge mobilization and translation. Workshops and follow on projects with partners will result in this knowledge and capacity being transferred to a broad selection of communities in Canada, Africa and Asia. CCaR Program outcomes will include enhanced adaptation and risk reduction capacity, better planned safer cities and reduced socioeconomic impacts as the climate changes.

Project duration: 2011 – 2016

Principal Investigators: Dr. Anond Snidvongs anond_email_address
Dr. Gordon McBean gmcbean_email_address
Regional Manager: Dr. Richard Cooper richard.jpg  richard.jpg

Research is being conducted in Bangkok, Manila and Lagos by the following teams:

Bangkok 1. Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University, Pathumthani, Thailand(i) Dr. Wijitbusaba Ann Marome (Bangkok City Team Leader & Leader for Theme 3 on understanding decision making) ( Rachaniporn Tiempayotorn(iii) Asan Suwannarit

(iv) Nij Tontisirin

2. Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok, Thailand.

(i) Dr. Albert Salamanca (

3. Faculty of Architecture King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand.

(i) Dr. Khanin Hutanuwatr (

Manila 1. Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila University Campus, Quezon City, Philippines(i) Dr. Antonia Yulo Loyzaga ( Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines(i) Dr. Emma Porio (
Lagos 1.  Department of Geography, University of Ibadan, Nigeria(i) Dr. Ibidun Adelekan (