Adaptation Planning

CMM16 Elective Course 4 ECTS
Period 2 weeks 03.05.2021 - 14.05.2021
Instructor Dr. Patricia Manuel


The course examines challenges that coastal cities and towns may face in light of predicted future climatological changes, and strategies they can use to prepare for impacts that such changes may have. Particular emphasis is placed on the potential needs of vulnerable and resource constrained populations, and the ways in which local government and community-based activities can achieve equitable levels of climate-readiness.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, a student:

  • has the ability to identify challenges that coastal cities, towns and remote regions are confronted with inlight of predicted future sea-level changes.
  • has the ability to indicate appropriate strategies for preparing for the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.
  • has demonstrated ability to critically evaluate scientific literature on the topic, including land use decision-making simulations and studio-group work on local planning projects.
  • has the ability to present findings through writing of scientific manuscripts related to specific topics.



Patricia Manuel is an Associate Professor in the School of Planning at Dalhousie University, she holds second appointments in the School of Occupational Therapy and the Environment, Society and Sustainability Program.

She earned her B.A. Hons in geography from Carleton University (Ottawa), her M.Sc. in physical geography from McGill University (Montreal) and her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary (Environmental) Studies from Dalhousie University (Halifax). She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia. Patricia works mainly in the areas of environmental planning and community planning.

Her teaching includes theory and practice courses in landscape analysis, landscape ecology, geology and land use planning, environmental management, coastal zone management and studios (project-based courses) in environmental planning and policy and plan making. She regularly supervizes graduate (Master of Planning) and undergraduate (Community Design) student thesis and major independent projects in topics relating to environmental and community planning. She has also taught courses in community design principles for health professionals. She focuses her research and professional practice mainly on wetlands interpretation and management, watershed planning and management and climate change adaptation planning. She has worked extensively in community-based environmental planning with watershed groups and has participated in working groups that have included the Halifax Harbour Solutions project (sewage management), writing the management plan for the McNab and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park (Halifax Harbour) and providing experties.