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

    A New Framework for Using Climate Scenario Data for Impacts and Assessment Studies (Opens in a new Window)

    In progress. The New Framework for Using Climate Scenario Data for Impacts and Assessment Studies will provide data on estimates of regional temperature and precipitation changes as a result of cumulative CO2 emissions which is expected to be applicable to efforts to estimate regional impacts and adaptation needs.
    Organization:
    Ouranos, University of Concordia
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    Tool

    AR5 GCM Evaluation (Opens in a new Window)

    This application summarizes key results of Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP) general circulation model (GCM) statistical evaluation and model selection. The evaluation is of historical climate model runs over several geographic domains with an Alaska and Arctic focus. GCM performance is ranked based on minimum error with respect to a European Re-Analysis (ERA-40) baseline data set using several error metrics. The application enables exploration of model evaluation results pertaining to various spatial domains, climate variables and error statistics as well as seasonal variability. Users can drill down into the climate model evaluation and compare GCMs in numerous and detailed ways depending on their areas of interest.
    Organization:
    University of Alaska Fairbanks
    Sub-organization:
    International Arctic Research Centre
    Resource formats:
    • Interactive
    Data product

    Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis (CCCma) Climate Model Datasets (Opens in a new Window)

    Climate model data from a number of climate models developed by the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis (CCCma) are available for download. Climate model output is available for the Fourth Generation Global Climate Model (CanESM2 / CGCM4 ), the Canadian Regional Climate Model (CanRCM4), and the Canadian Middle Atmosphere Model (CMAM). Gridded historical simulations and future projections from these climate models are available for downloading.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Sub-organization:
    Climate Research Division
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    Data product

    Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis (CCCma) Climate Model Graphics (Opens in a new Window)

    Climate model graphics for a number of climate models developed by the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis (CCCma) are available. Model graphics of projected changes in temperature and precipitation are available for CanESM2 (fourth generation coupled GCM / 2nd generation Earth System Model), CanRCM4 (Canadian Regional Climate Model), and CGCM3 (third generation coupled GCM). Model graphics for earlier model versions are also available.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Climate Research Division
    Resource formats:
    • Mapped
    Data product

    Canadian ensemble of CMIP5 ocean wave heights simulations mean and extremes (Opens in a new Window)

    Canadian ensemble of CMIP5 ocean wave heights simulations mean and extremes contains monthly, seasonal and annual statistics (mean and maximum) of significant wave height that were produced using a statistical modelling approach and 6-hourly sea level pressure. Sea level pressure was simulated by 20 global climate models included in the Coupled Climate Model Comparison Phase 5 (CMIP5) project. The gridded global dataset contains projected data. Data are available for the historical period 1950-2005 and two different future emission scenarios (RCP4.5 and RCP8.5).
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Climate Research Division
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product

    CC-Bio: Maps and Data (Opens in a new Window)

    CC-Bio is a project to predict potential effects of climate change on the distribution and abundance of a large range of plant and animal species from Quebec. CC-Bio supports regional strategies of adaptation to climate change in the field of biodiversity conservation. Advanced statistical techniques are used to develop quantitative models representing the complex relationships between species distributions and environmental variables, including climate. The website modeling results for 681 species of amphibians, birds, and plants for which potential effects of climate change have been analyzed are available for view. Results for 84 tree species have not yet been made public (for these species, contact rine.perie_at_mrnf.gouv.qc.ca).
    Organization:
    Université du Québec à Rimouski, Ouranos
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    Resource formats:
    • Interactive
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Data product Tool

    Climate Atlas of Canada (Opens in a new Window)

    The Climate Atlas of Canada is an interactive tool developed for users to learn about climate change in Canada. It combines climate science, mapping and storytelling. The primary source of climate model data presented in maps, charts and tables is the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium. Statistically downscaled data was derived from 12 Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) global climate models for two emissions scenarios: Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 4.5 and 8.5. For comparative purposes, observed data are included in all time-series graphs for the period 1950-2005. The source of the observed data used in the Atlas is Natural Resources Canada.
    Organization:
    Prairie Climate Centre
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    • Educational and awareness-raising material
    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
    Data product

    Climate scenarios - Graphics and tables of projected climate change for Canada (Opens in a new Window)

    Graphics and tables of projected changes in climate across Canada are computed from an ensemble of multi-model output gathered as part of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5). Projections are based on the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) scenarios. Time series data are available for projected changes in temperature, precipitation, and snow depth annually and seasonally. Maps of projected changes in temperature, precipitation, snow depth, sea ice concentration, sea ice thickness, and wind speed are available for three future time periods between 2016 and 2100.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    Data product Tool

    ClimateNA_Map (Opens in a new Window)

    ClimateNA extracts and downscales PRISM 1971-2000 monthly climate normal data and monthly solar radiation normal data (4km x 4km) to scale-free point locations in North America, and calculates seasonal and annual climate variables for specific locations based on latitude, longitude and elevation (optional). Climate projections are available for Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP) 2.6, 4.5, and 8.5 under climate models for the 2025, 2055, and 2085 time periods. Data are spatially projected onto a map, and could be appended onto a CSV file for download.
    Organization:
    University of British Columbia
    Sub-organization:
    Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics (CFCG)
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Mapped
    • Tool


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