Webinar on the health and psychosocial impacts of flood

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The CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change is pleased to invite you to the eighth event in our webinar series!

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

Where: Zoom

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Working together to prevent health and psychosocial impacts of flood: The aim of the RIISQ network in Québec

As many other areas across the World, Quebec has been caught off guard these last years during major spring floods, despite years of active research and efforts in the field of flood protection. Research has remained restricted to disciplinary silos, and as a result, failed to provide integrated solutions to the complex issue of flooding. The RIISQ network, in Quebec, funded by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ), was therefore created. It is a platform of exchange and integration bringing together institutional actors, field workers, community groups, private actors and scholars in social, natural and health sciences. In order to prevent and reduce the risks and consequences of floods that are worsening as a result of climate change, the main goal of the RIISQ is also to develop cross-sector skills, to mobilize, and to better invest the efforts of research, management and intervention to fill the gap between advanced knowledge and its applications. Therefore, long-term impacts on people’s health and well-being are rarely consider once the flood is over and houses are dried, but those impacts are important and must be addressed at various levels and over time. That’s why, the RIISQ will develop and implement valid programs that incorporate the following continuum Before-During-After the event, including post-flood lessons learned, and updating prevention and response measures.



Philippe GachonPhilippe Gachon received his Ph.D. in 1999 in Environmental Sciences at UQAM, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Fisheries and Oceans Canada. From 2003 to 2014, he was a research scientist at Environment Canada in the Impact and Adaptation Research Division and within the Canadian Centre for Climate modelling and analysis Canadian Centre for Climate modelling and analysis. Since December 2014, he is a professor of hydro-climatology at UQAM. Since June 2019, he is the Director of the ESCER Research Centre (Climate Study and Simulation at the Regional Scale). Philippe currently leads the Quebec Intersectoral Floods Network (RIISQ), which brings together 16 universities, more than 120 researchers and numerous with socio-economic partners. His expertise includes regional climate modelling, extreme weather events, hydrometeorological risks associated to climate change, and the impacts of weather and climate hazards on natural and human systems.


Johanne Saint-Charles is a member of the CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change and our volunteer organizer for this webinar. She is a Professor and the Director of the Institut Santé et société de l’UQAM in QC, Canada.