Library of climate resources

This is a collection of links to climate datasets, tools, guidance and related resources. The sources include the federal government, provincial and territorial governments, national professional organizations, climate consortia and established international organizations. It can be useful for impact, vulnerability and risk assessments, and for adaptation planning.

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Explanation of the different resource types
  • data product - downloadable climate dataset
  • tool - builds on a dataset with further analyses and/or visualization
  • guidance - provides direction on the use of climate information or on conducting climate-related assessments
  • additional resources include educational and awareness-raising material, impact assessments and scientific syntheses

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  • Data product Tool

    BC Climate Explorer (Opens in a new Window)

    The BC Climate Explorer is an independent, open-source data visualization project using BC's Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) units. The goal is to help British Columbians - citizens, professionals, and public servants - to understand their changing local climates using both historical and projected future climate information. A wide range of variables is available, including temperature, precipitation, season length, frost, moisture deficit, humidity, and calculated indicators at monthly, seasonal, and annual resolutions. Data are displayed as raster data and are available for download in tabular, polygon, or raster file formats.
    Organization:
    BC Climate Explorer
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Data product Tool

    BC Water Resources Atlas (Opens in a new Window)

    The BC Water Resources Atlas is an iMapBC application with enhanced functionality to display detailed water related data, including watersheds, water quantity and quality monitoring sites, aquifers, water wells and flood protection works. This tool presents raster data for a variety of layers.
    Organization:
    Government of British Columbia
    Sub-organization:
    Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
    Resource formats:
    • Mapped
    Data product

    Canadian Blended Precipitation version 0 CanBPv0 (Opens in a new Window)

    Canadian Blended Precipitation Datasets contain blended precipitation measurements from gauges (in situ) and satellite (remote) data. Historic precipitation rates are provided as mean monthly precipitation in mm/day across Canada between January 1979 and December 2007. Gridded data are provided at a resolution of half degree.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product Tool

    Climate Atlas of Canada (Opens in a new Window)

    The Climate Atlas of Canada is an interactive tool developed for users to learn about climate change in Canada. It combines climate science, mapping and storytelling. The primary source of climate model data presented in maps, charts and tables is the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium. Statistically downscaled data was derived from 12 Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) global climate models for two emissions scenarios: Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 4.5 and 8.5. For comparative purposes, observed data are included in all time-series graphs for the period 1950-2005. The source of the observed data used in the Atlas is Natural Resources Canada.
    Organization:
    Prairie Climate Centre
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    • Educational and awareness-raising material
    Data product

    Climate Indices (Opens in a new Window)

    Climate Indices includes time series, seasonal, and annual data for a number of variables including sea & air temperature, salinity, runoff, flow, ice coverage, iceberg count, and North Atlantic Oscillation Index. Data are observed or observation-based, and are available in a variety of temporal resolutions and historical periods, depending on the variable of interest. Data are available in tabular and graphical formats.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Marine Environmental Data Service
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    Data product

    Climate Normals (1961 - 1990) (Opens in a new Window)

    The Climate Normals dataset contains averages and extremes for precipitation, temperature, heat moisture index, frost free days, moisture deficit, and evaporation from across BC for the period 1961 to 1990. Data can be downloaded by variable and visualized in HectaresBC or other map viewer. The values in this dataset are available as raster (gridded) data.
    Organization:
    Government of British Columbia
    Sub-organization:
    Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - Forest Analysis and Inventory
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    Data product

    Climate Projection Maps and Rasters (Opens in a new Window)

    Climate Projection Maps and Rasters includes a collection of products that summarize baseline and projected future temperature and precipitation. Animations and maps are focused on Alaska and Canada. Historical and future data under all Representative Concentration Pathways scenarios are available as point data.
    Organization:
    Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product

    Data at NSIDC (Opens in a new Window)

    Data at National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is a large repository of datasets that describe historical cryosphere information. Datasets available include temperature, glaciers, ice sheets, permafrost, sea ice, sea moisture, and snow. Historical data are available as point and gridded data.
    Organization:
    National Snow and Ice Data Center
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product Tool

    Engineering Climate Data Sets (Opens in a new Window)

    Engineering Climate Datasets contain: Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) Files, the Canadian Weather Energy and Engineering Datasets (CWEEDS) and the Canadian Weather Year for Energy Calculation (CWEC) dataset. The IDF dataset contains short duration rainfall Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) statistics. Data are presented as tables and graphs for various locations across Canada. CWEEDS provides hourly and long-term weather conditions at monitoring stations across Canada with at least 10 years of records between 1998 and 2014. CWEC datasets contain 12 calculated "Typical Meteorological Months" selected from a 30 years of records, including daily global radiation, dry-bulb temperature, dew-point temperature and wind speed.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Meteorological Service of Canada
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    Tool Guidance

    Farmwest (Opens in a new Window)

    Farmwest.com is a website launched in 2001 to provide weather and climate information as well as a number of decision-support tools to the agricultural sector. Farmwest is linked to 397 weather stations across Canada from federal, provincial, municipal and private weather station networks. Data includes temperature, precipitation, growing degree days, pest degree days, T-Sum calculator, and seasonal weather forecasts. Data are searchable by station and time period, and are available graphically.
    Organization:
    Government of British Columbia, Pacific Field Corn Association
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Scientific synthesis
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    • Tool


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