Some of the region's infrastructure, such as this road in Watervale, N.S., is not ready for climate change, says Ian Mauro. (Climate Change Atlantic)

People in Atlantic Canada are already seeing the impact of climate change, says a university professor at Mount Allison, and are making preparations for it.

Ian Mauro, the Canada research chair in human dimensions of environmental change, spent the last year documenting climate change in Atlantic Canada. He talked to people who live along the coastlines and to those whose work connects them to the weather, from ski hill operators to snow plow drivers.

There are already lessons to be learned from the way people here are preparing for rising sea levels, increased storminess, and tidal surges, Mauro said.

"The main thing in Prince Edward Island is you live on an island. And you live on an island, as one person said, that's shrinking," he added.

"You have coastal erosion taking place at an unprecedented rate and that's changing the infrastructure along the coastlines, it's changing the communities along the coastline, and they were not only telling us about those impacts but how they're responding to it."

Mauro and his team have created an online exhibit called Climate Change Atlantic, that includes a series of videos and a photo exhibit.