Climate change

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Increases in temperature will affect evapotranspiration

Rainfall patterns

Rainfall patterns are forecast to change [1][2]. Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) curves have been forecast for a number of urban areas in Southern Ontario[3]


Increased atmospheric CO2 levels will stimulate photosynthetic processes, increasing phosphorus uptake of all plants[4].

For further information

Reach out to our colleagues at the Ontario Climate Consortium.

  1. Wang, X., & Huang, G. (2015). Technical Report: Development of High-Resolution Climate Change Projections under RCP 8.5 Emissions Scenario for the Province of Ontario. Regina.
  2. Simonovic, S. P., Schardong, A., Sandink, D., & Srivastav, R. (2016). A web-based tool for the development of Intensity Duration Frequency curves under changing climate. Environmental Modelling & Software, 81, 136–153.
  3. Coulibaly, P., Burn, D. H., Switzman, H., Henderson, J., & Fausto, E. (2016). A Comparison of Future IDF Curves for Southern Ontario. Retrieved from
  4. Jin J Tang C Sale P. 2015. The impact of elevated carbon dioxide on the phosphorus nutrition of plants. A review. Annals of Botany 116: 987–999.