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

    Agricultural Climate of Manitoba (Opens in a new Window)

    The Agricultural Climate of Manitoba database contains a series of maps describing the agricultural climate(s) of Manitoba, based on historical observations across the 60 year period from 1929 to 1988. Maps are available on under two themes: heat (e.g.. Frost free length, accumulation of growing degree days) and moisture (with respect to alfalfa, spring wheat, and corn). Data are available in mapped formats.
    Organization:
    Government of Manitoba
    Sub-organization:
    Manitoba Agriculture
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product Tool Guidance

    Agriculture Water Demand Model (Opens in a new Window)

    The Agriculture Water Demand Model (AWDM) calculates current water requirements for agriculture using crop, soil, irrigation system type, and historical climate data, as well as future water requirements using projected climate change scenarios. The climate data layer has been developed for the entire Province of BC on 500 metre by 500 metre grid cells. The water demand results help municipalities to develop dedicated agriculture water that the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) supports. The BC Ministry of Agriculture has continued to collaborate with partners to expand the AWDM to other regions of the province, with complete coverage expected by 2021. Text reports are available for download for a variety of regions within BC
    Organization:
    Government of British Columbia
    Sub-organization:
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Scientific synthesis
    • Tool
    Data product Tool

    Agroclimatic Atlas of Alberta: Maps (Opens in a new Window)

    The Agroclimatic Atlas of Alberta contains maps summarizing climatic variables across Alberta for various historical periods, depending on variable. The following agroclimate variables are included: temperature, precipitation, growing season length, wind speed, wind direction, radiation, frost, hot days, cold days, wet spells, and dry spells. Data is presented in mapped format. In addition to maps and graphics, this page also links to a number of climate resources under the Agroclimatic Atlas of Alberta.
    Organization:
    Government of Alberta
    Sub-organization:
    Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
    Resource formats:
    • Mapped
    Data product

    Atlas agroclimatique du Québec (in French only) (Opens in a new Window)

    The AgroClimate Atlas of Quebec contains historical observations and future modelled climate indicators for various regions of Quebec. Moderate and high emissions scenarios are available and indicators are presented in mapped and graphical form. Indicators are reported as seasonal averages over the horizon periods, and include: frost dates, extreme temperatures, growing season, degree-days, corn heat units, hardening, dehardening, precipitation, water budget, and IDF graphs.
    Organization:
    Quebec Reference Center for Agriculture and Agri-food (CRAAQ)
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    Tool Guidance

    BC Agriculture Water Calculator (Opens in a new Window)

    The BC Agricultural Water Calculator uses 10 years of historical climate data, from 2001 to 2010, to calculate how much water farmers should need for their farm in the "new climate normal", which farmers can reference in their water licence applications. Government of BC staff involved with water authorizations also use this calculator when reviewing applications. Data are available for individual land parcels in tabular format.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada, Government of British Columbia, Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia, Investment Agriculture Foundation, Okanagan Basin Water Board
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Scientific synthesis
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Data product

    Climate Change Scenarios (Opens in a new Window)

    The Climate Change Scenarios - Agriculture dataset consists of a series of maps depicting the impacts of climate change on agriculture across Canada and the USA. Maps show data at a spatial resolution of ~2km as well as estimates for specific locations. Monthly data are available from 1900 and daily data are available from 1950. Projected future data are available to 2100 both yearly and as 30-year averages for 2011-2040, 2041-2070, and 2071-2100. Specific variables include Effective Growing Degree Day, Moisture Deficits, and Length of the Growing Season.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Impact assessment
    • Mapped
    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
    Data product Tool

    Maps for Farmers and Agribusiness (Opens in a new Window)

    Maps for Farmers and Agribusiness provides information on Saskatchewan crop, weed, insect, disease, and moisture conditions. Users can download maps in PDF format for southern Saskatchewan at sub-county resolution. Rainfall, moisture, and temperature maps are updated weekly. Users can also download weekly Crop Reports as well as insect and crop disease maps.
    Organization:
    Government of Saskatchewan
    Sub-organization:
    Business and Industry
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    Tool

    Seedwhere (Opens in a new Window)

    Seedwhere is a tool which maps the similarity of climates across geographic regions. While the tool can be used for any purpose, it was originally developed to support decisions on seed movements and sustainable forest management. Seedwhere estimates similarity of climates between both locations and under varying climate scenarios, including future projected climates. Users can specify the seed source and planting area, species type, and climate variable. Data are presented as an interactive map and are available for download in tabular format.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Interactive
    • Mapped
    Tool

    The use of the Land Suitability Rating System to Assess Climate Change Impacts on Corn Production in the Lower Fraser Valley of British Columbia (Opens in a new Window)

    The Land Suitability Rating System (LSRS) is a spatial modeling tool that generates a class rating for individual parcels of land for specific agricultural field crops based on a soil-climate-landscape potential. Alongside the Tool are accompanying climatic temperate index maps and climate moisture maps.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Canadian Soil Information Service
    Resource formats:
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    • Tool


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