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
  • codes and standards - guidance and best practice documents for climate resilient design
  • additional resources include educational and awareness-raising material, impact assessments and scientific syntheses

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  • Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator (Opens in a new Window)

    The Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses evapotranspiration (ET) data from Farmwest to advise producers on irrigation scheduling. Users specify soil type, irrigation system design, location, and crop type and receive tailored irrigation advice as output. Data is presented graphically and is available for download in report form.
    Organization:
    Government of British Columbia, Irrigation Industry Association of BC
    Resource formats:
    • Interactive
    • Scientific synthesis
    • Graphical
    • Tool

    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
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Scientific synthesis
    • Tool

    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
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Scientific synthesis
    • Mapped
    • Tool

    Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report (2021) (Opens in a new Window)

    The report provides a national perspective on how climate change is impacting our communities, environment and economy, and how we are adapting to reduce risks. It includes chapters on topics that are of national importance or that benefit from a pan-Canadian perspective, along with case stories featuring examples of adaptation in practice
    Organization:
    Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada
    Resource formats:
    • Adaptation planning

    Climate change adaptation framework manual (Opens in a new Window)

    This manual is intended to help organizations address climate change risks in a comprehensive and consistent manner. This document provides a framework for moving through the stages of adaptation planning: Scope and Preparation, Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Assessment, Adaptation Options, and the Prioritization of Options and Development of a Strategy.
    Organization:
    Government of Alberta
    Resource formats:
    • Vulnerability or risk assessment

    Climate Change Adaptation Pathways Framework: Supporting Sustainable Local Food in B.C. (Opens in a new Window)

    This guide was developed to help policy makers, communities and agricultural producers to develop shared climate preparedness goals and objectives with a focus on sustainable local food. This document provides background on climate change adaptation in B.C. communities and agriculture where the Adaptation Pathways approach can address key areas of decision-making; sets out the framework to develop an adaptation pathway process that considers agriculture in community planning; and finishes by discussing existing resources to guide the climate preparedness process.
    Organization:
    Government of British Columbia
    Resource formats:
    • Adaptation planning
    • Educational and awareness-raising material

    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
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Scientific synthesis
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    • Tool

    Integrating Climate Change Measures into Municipal Planning and Decision-Making: A Guide for Northern Communities (in english only) (Opens in a new Window)

    This guide was developed to assist communities in the NWT integrate climate change adaptation measures into existing and future community plans. This resource outlines steps to developing a community adaptation plan, provides guidance on accessing climate data and future projections, and describes methods for integrating climate information into various planning initiatives (hazard mapping, community emergency, strategic, financial, etc.).
    Organization:
    Northwest Territories Association of Communities, Ecology North
    Resource formats:
    • Vulnerability or risk assessment
    • Adaptation planning


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