The six technical papers in this volume constitute a key deliverable for a project reporting on the coastal environment of British Columbia. The project started in 2004 and was planned and funded in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre, and the University of Victoria Geography Department, with key contributions from Environment Canada. The reporting focused on a region extending westward from the height of the Coast Mountains and included the marine area within Canada's 200-mile limit.
Each paper provides an overview of the issues, a set of indicators, and a summary of results. Each paper also contains a section describing what is currently being done to address the issues and a section with suggestions for what individuals can do. The indicators in the reports were selected and developed in consultation with scientists and technical experts as well as representatives of target audiences. Each indicator includes background information, data sources, and a description of the methods of analysis, including caveats and assumptions.
This set of papers is one of a suite of deliverables from the project. All results, including the full text of the papers and the data sets underlying the graphs, are also available to the public on the project website (www.eng.gov.bc.ca/soe/bcce/). The website provides accessible summaries of key information and links to other information sites for further reference. A folding poster brochure was also produced as a means of interesting the public in going to the website to learn more.