Communities of Practice

West Coast Lighthouse Harold Hildred VCC.jpeg

MEOPAR supports the development of Communities of Practice (CoPs) that bring together researchers, partners, policy-makers and end-users interested in furthering marine and coastal hazards research. CoPs can improve the exchange of ideas and mobilization of knowledge, providing an opportunity to advance research topics through broad collaboration and shared best practices. 

By supporting Communities of Practice connected to MEOPAR’s three Cores of Observation, Prediction and Response, we are working to promote collaboration and improve connections throughout our Network and beyond. 

Learn more about two of our growing Communities of Practice, and find out how you can get involved:

Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum

Storm surges, eroding coastlines and sea level rise pose threats to economic and social well-being in Canada’s coastal communities. Despite government efforts to adapt to a changing climate, there are currently issues that coastal communities are facing when reducing existing risks (e.g., residential property buy-outs in flood-prone; property risk disclosure).

The Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum (CCRF)—a MEOPAR community of practice—was established to identify opportunities for policy change and cross-sector collaboration that facilitate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

The CCRF is a growing community and we’re looking to engage the broader MEOPAR network. We’ll be hosting webinars and events throughout the year. To be involved, you can access the CCRF website:

Coast and Ocean Risk Communication Community of Practice

The Coast and Ocean Risk Communication Community of Practice (CORC CoP) is sponsored by MEOPAR and hosted online at Future Earth Open Network (FEON).  The purpose of our community is to create and share knowledge and best-practices for communicating about risks and hazards relating to coastal and ocean environments. 

Joining CORC CoP gives you an opportunity to connect, learn, and engage with others interested in developing knowledge and best practices around communicating risks in coastal and marine settings. 

To join, visit CORC CoP Online and create an account. Once your account is confirmed via email, sign into FEON, visit CORC CoP Online, and click ‘Join Community’. You can also find us on FEON listed under Communities>Communities Overview>Guided Search.  

Check out the library resources, the discussion forum, and explore the members’ directory.  Introduce yourself in the discussion forum - try the 15-word intro challenge!

For more information, on, or have suggestions, please give us a shout at