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

    Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) Global Climate Model Data (Opens in a new Window)

    Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) global climate model data regridded onto a common 1x1 degree global grid are available. Global climate model data at a monthly temporal resolution are available in gridded format for several variables including mean temperature, precipitation, sea ice thickness, sea ice concentration, snow depth, and near-surface wind speed. Individual and ensemble model output are available for historical (1900-2005) and future (2006-2100) time periods. Future projections are based on the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) scenarios.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Climate Research Division
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    Data product Tool

    Current and projected climate data for North America (CMIP5 scenarios) (Opens in a new Window)

    AdaptWest provides modelled climate projections generated using the ClimateNA software, downscaled from the Coupled Climate Model Comparison Phase 5 (CMIP5) database. Variables include mean and extreme estimates of temperature and precipitation, growing and cooling degree days, snowfall, evapotranspiration, and drought indices. Data are available from individual models or a 15-model ensemble at a 1km resolution for North America as well as individual states and provinces to a horizon year of 2050, available for download in grid or tabular formats.
    Organization:
    Conservation Biology Institute
    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
    Data product Tool Guidance

    Forest Change adaptation tools (Opens in a new Window)

    Forest Change adaptation tools provides information about the impacts of climate change on Canada’s forests and on how to adapt to changing climate conditions. Adaptation tools and resources for forest managers are available here. The tools and resources provided include maps, databases, web applications and synthesis reports. They are grouped under three broad systems: climate, forest and human.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Data product Tool

    Forest Change Data Catalogue (Opens in a new Window)

    The Forest Change Data Catalogue includes downscaled climate projections using various climate models as well as data on drought, fire, forest communities, and tree distribution. Data are also available on other topics including regional fire risk and evacuations, species-specific vulnerability to climate change, and provenance trial data with respect to climate change. Point and gridded data are available for both historical and future periods.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Canadian Forest Service
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Data product

    Gridded historical climate data (Opens in a new Window)

    Gridded historical climate data, also known as Canadian gridded datasets (CanGRD), include gridded temperature and precipitation anomalies (i.e., differences from a reference period) across Canada. Annual, seasonal, and monthly historical gridded data are available. CanGRD data were interpolated from the Adjusted and Homogenized Canadian Climate Data (AHCCD) and are used to produce the Climate Trends and Variations Bulletin.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Climate Research Division
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product

    Monthly Temperature and Precipitation Delta Maps (Opens in a new Window)

    Monthly Temperature and Precipitation Delta Maps were produced from an ensemble of 12 global climate models supplied by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium. These delta (change) maps show the difference between current climate conditions and projected, future climate conditions. Two 30-year future periods (2021-2050 and 2051-2080) were used with the current period set to 1976-2005. Future data are available as gridded data.
    Organization:
    Prairie Climate Centre
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    Resource formats:
    • Mapped
    Data product

    Permafrost (Opens in a new Window)

    Canada-wide maps of permafrost contains datasets and maps across Canada. Historical data are available in grid and image format.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product

    Precipitation Change in Canada - Seasonal average precipitation departures compared with the 1961–1990 reference value, Canada (Opens in a new Window)

    The Precipitation Change in Canada indicator measures the yearly and seasonal surface precipitation departures for the years 1948 to 2014. An annual departure (or anomaly) is the difference between the value for a given year and a baseline value. The baseline values used in this indicator are the annual and seasonal precipitation values for the reference period of 1961 to 1990. Information is provided in a number of formats including: static and interactive maps, charts and graphs, HTML and CSV data tables and downloadable reports.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
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    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    • Mapped


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