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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  • Guidance

    CSA PLUS 4011:19 Technical guide: Infrastructure in permafrost: A guideline for climate change adaptation (Opens in a new Window)

    This is the second edition of CSA PLUS 4011, Technical Guide: Infrastructure in permafrost: A guideline for climate change adaptation. It supersedes the previous edition published in 2010. Updates to the new edition are as follows: a) Current climate change projections recommended for use in northern Canada are presented (Chapter 4); b) Up-to-date information on ground temperature trends in permafrost throughout northern Canada are presented (Chapter 2); c) Permafrost conditions critical for infrastructure foundations have been summarized, revised, and consolidated into a single chapter (Chapter 2); d) Description and explanation of foundations used in northern Canada for buildings constructed on permafrost have been revised to improve readability (Chapter 3); e) Current trends in climate (temperature and precipitation) throughout the North are presented (Chapter 4); f) A range of climate projections available for northern Canada are presented graphically to allow assessment of current uncertainty in future climate projections (Chapter 4 and Annex C); g) Minor revisions to the screening process have been made for clarity (Chapter 5).
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    CSA PLUS 4013:19 Technical guide: Development, interpretation, and use of rainfall intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) information: Guideline for Canadian water resources practitioners (Opens in a new Window)

    This guideline has been designed for professionals with a role in the planning, design, management, inspection, and regulation of stormwater, drainage, wastewater, and flood management systems. It is not a design text book, but rather a resource for understanding the derivation, and application in water system planning and design, of rainfall intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) information. CSA updated relevant parts of the document to reflect the latest scientific understanding of climate change and how to incorporate climate change into the formulation and application of IDF information. As such, work was undertaken to update Chapters 5 and Chapter 6 of this document.
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    CSA Group, Standards Council of Canada
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    CSA S478:19 Durability in buildings (Opens in a new Window)

    This Standard sets forth minimum requirements to assist designers in creating durable buildings. Annexes to the Standard provide a framework within which the design service life of a building or a building element can be determined and specified. Other annexes to the Standard provide general guidance on the environmental and other design factors that have an impact on the durability of a building, a building material, and/or a building component. This Standard provides criteria and requirements for the design of a durable building and its building elements and includes provisions for cost analysis and management and for a quality management program for the design, construction, operation, maintenance, repair, and renovation of a building and its building elements.
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    CSA S500:14 (R2019) Thermosyphon foundations for buildings in permafrost regions (Opens in a new Window)

    This standard provides requirements for all life-cycle phases of thermosyphon foundations for new buildings on permafrost, including site characterization, design, installation, and commissioning phases as well as for monitoring and maintenance phases. This standard is meant to ensure the long-term performance of thermosyphon-supported foundation systems under changing environmental conditions.
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    CSA S501:14 (R2019) Moderating the effects of permafrost degradation on existing building foundations (Opens in a new Window)

    Permafrost degradation can be caused by many factors. When degradation occurs, buildings or structures constructed on permafrost can suffer distress or damage. This standard is organized according to the progression of steps that should be undertaken in order to moderate the effects of permafrost degradation on existing buildings or structures.
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    CSA S502:14 (R2019) Managing changing snow load risks for buildings in Canada’s North (Opens in a new Window)

    The objective of this standard is to inform communities on measures for safe roof snow removal from existing buildings and for protection of building occupants and assets from overloading risks due to increasing accumulations and weights. Procedures that can reduce risks for roof and building collapses are outlined, including procedures for monitoring heavy snow and ice accumulations, safe removal of snow on roofs when needed, and for maintenance and snow removal planning.
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    CSA Group, Standards Council of Canada
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    CSA S505:20 Techniques for considering high winds and snow drifting and their impact on northern infrastructure (Opens in a new Window)

    This standard provides guidance to northern infrastructure designers, builders, operators, and owners to address the increased risk of damage to the built environment, including the potential effects of climate change (specifically, risks from higher and more frequent wind loads and from associated snow drifting).
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    CSA S6:19 PACKAGE Consists of CSA S6:19, Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and the CSA S6.1:19, Commentary on CSA S6:19, Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code (Opens in a new Window)

    This is the twelfth edition of CSA S6, Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code. This Code is based on limit states design principles and defines design loadings, load combinations and load factors, criteria for earthquake resistant design, and detailed design criteria for the various materials. This Code has been written to be applicable in all provinces and territories. This Code applies to the design, evaluation, and structural rehabilitation design of fixed and movable highway bridges in Canada. There is no limit on span length, but this Code does not necessarily cover all aspects of design for every type of long-span bridge. This Code also covers the design of pedestrian bridges, bicycle bridges, retaining walls, barriers, and highway accessory supports of a structural nature, e.g., lighting poles and sign support structures. This Code does not apply to public utility structures or to bridges used solely for railway or rail transit purposes. This Code does not specify requirements related to coastal effects (e.g., exposure to sea action and icebergs) or to mountainous terrain effects (e.g., avalanches). For structures that can be subject to such effects, specialists need to be retained to review and advise on the design and to ensure that the applicable requirements of other codes are met. For bridges not entirely within the scope of this Code, the requirements of this Code apply only when appropriate. Necessary additional or alternative design criteria are subject to the approval by the owner.
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    CSA S900.1:18 Climate change adaptation for wastewater treatment plants (Opens in a new Window)

    This Standard is intended to provide owners of wastewater treatment plants with a comprehensive resource for design, operation, and retrofit criteria that can be implemented to increase the resilience of such plants. This Standard addresses considerations for adapting wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) to a changing climate by reviewing climate, regulatory, risk, design, construction, and operations and maintenance aspects. It applies to existing, new, or retrofit/upgrade projects. This Standard provides a user-friendly framework and tool for designers, engineers, and managers to use when designing, constructing, or operating/maintaining WWTPs. This Standard provides guidance on climate change data sources and how to use them in determining impacts on WWTP components. This Standard highlights climate change adaptation measures for building resilience and addressing high-risk scenarios related to WWTPs. This Standard applies to the WWTP itself and its processes and property. It does not apply to collection systems feeding into the plant or to disposal receivers.
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    CSA W203:19 Planning, design, operation, and maintenance of wastewater treatment in northern communities using lagoon and wetland systems (Opens in a new Window)

    This standard specifically addresses the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of intermittent/seasonal discharge lagoon and wetland systems that are most appropriate for use in Northern regions, where effluent discharge is either difficult or not possible in colder months.
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