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 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
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    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

    MSC50 Wind and Wave Climate Hindcast (Opens in a new Window)

    The MSC50 Wind and Wave Climate Hindcast provides hourly wind and wave time series data from climate hindcast models. These hindcasts cover the Canadian Maritimes, North Atlantic basin, Northeast Pacific Ocean, and Arctic Ocean for the historical period 1954- 2015. Data are available in tabular and GIS formats.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Marine Environmental Data Service
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product

    Paleo-environmental records of climate change across Canada (Opens in a new Window)

    Paleo-environmental records of climate change across Canada contains paleogeographic data from the last 18,000 years. Historical data from across Canada have been assembled, synthesized, published, and web-enabled to help guide climate change adaptation strategies.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada
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    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    Data product

    Regional, national and international climate modeling (Opens in a new Window)

    Regional, national and international climate modeling contains a database of numerous climate variables for Canada and the USA. Historical and future periods are available as modelled point and gridded data. Data are available as 30-year averages (e.g. 1961/90; 1971/2000, etc.), historical month-by-month (from the late 1800s), and daily values (from the 1950s) all for a number of variables, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate change scenarios, and climate models. Future time periods include all years to 2100 and 30-year means for 2011-2040, 2041-2070, and 2071-2100.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada
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    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Data product

    Seasonal forecasts (Opens in a new Window)

    Seasonal forecasts include probabilistic and deterministic forecasts as well as past climate trends of temperature, precipitation, sea surface temperature, and snow cover across Canada. Climatological trends of temperature and precipitation are available for each season as well as annual periods over the historical period of 1981-2010. Forecasts for 3, 4, 6, 9, and 12 months into the future are offered. Data are available in mapped and tabular summary format.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Climate Research Division
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product

    Statistically Downscaled Climate Scenarios (Opens in a new Window)

    Statistically downscaled scenarios, which provide finer resolution scenarios of climate change from coarser resolution GCM output, are available based on model output from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5). Individual model results of minimum temperature, maximum temperature and total precipitation are available for historical (1950-2005) and future (2006-2100) time periods. Gridded projections are at a daily temporal resolution and at a spatial resolution of approximately 10km. 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

    Statistically Downscaled Climate Scenarios (Opens in a new Window)

    Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) offers statistically downscaled daily Canada-wide climate scenarios, at a gridded resolution of 300 arc-seconds (0.0833 degrees, or roughly 6 km x 10 km) for the period 1950-2100. The variables available include daily minimum temperature, maximum temperature, and precipitation. Users may access the scenarios using an interactive map interface that allows users to zoom, pan and select their region of interest using a rectangular-selection tool. Downscaled climate data is available for over 10 models under Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 2.6, 4.5, and 8.5. Data are available for download in NetCDF, ASCII, and Arc formats.
    Organization:
    Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
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    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Data product

    the MSC HTTP Data Server (Opens in a new Window)

    The Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) HTTP data server is a direct source for raw meteorological, climate and forecast datasets. This service is aimed at specialized users with strong meteorological and IT knowledge.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Meteorological Service of Canada
    Resource formats:
    • Data files


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