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
    Sub-organization:
    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

    Historical Data (Opens in a new Window)

    The Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC)'s Historical Data contains historical temperature, precipitation, wind and weather, measured daily and hourly by stations across the country. Data can be searched by station name, province, or proximity to user. Data are presented in tabular format and available for download as comma-separated-value formats.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Meteorological Service of Canada
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    Data product

    Ice Thickness Program Collection, 1947-2002 (Opens in a new Window)

    Ice Thickness Program Collection, 1947-2002, contains ice thickness and snow depth measurements for 195 sites across Canada. It includes two historical datasets of point data dated from 1947-2002 and 2002-2016. The record length varies from site to site and many sites had stopped recording by 2002 but measurements were reinitiated in the fall of 2002. Several sites are co-located with Environment and Climate Change Canada's weather and radiation stations.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Climate Research Division
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    Data product

    Mapping the Occurrence of Canada's Forest Pathogens (Opens in a new Window)

    Mapping the Occurrence of Canada's Forest Pathogens contains distribution maps for almost 3000 forest fungi and mistletoes, many of which cause forest diseases. Over 60 years of historical ground observations and aerial overviews are available. Users can search the database for species of interest and access results in various ways, including viewing data in a table format, exploring results with an interactive map viewer, and downloading data for analysis in raster format.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada
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    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Mapped
    Data product

    Meteorological Data (Opens in a new Window)

    Meteorological Data contains historical observations of weather, rainfall, solar radiation, monthly temperature, and dry bulb temperature. These hourly data are derived from daily or monthly files within the Meteorological Service of Canada's Historical Dataset. Data are available from 1992 onwards in tabular format.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Marine Environmental Data Service
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    Data product

    Monthly Climate Summaries (Opens in a new Window)

    The Monthly Climate Summaries dataset contains monthly summaries of temperature, precipitation, degree days and sunshine hours- including averages and extremes- at monitoring locations across Canada. Data can be searched by month and by province. Historic data are available for all stations. However, the historical range varies from station to station.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Meteorological Service of Canada
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    Data product

    NatureWatch (Opens in a new Window)

    NatureWatch hosts several nature monitoring programs, with more to come in the future. Many community driven programs record observations of various climate variables and species. Registration is required to download data.
    Organization:
    University of Ottawa
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    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    Data product

    Oceanographic activities (Opens in a new Window)

    The Oceanographic Activities landing page contains links to multiple ocean monitoring programs, datasets, and portals including observations of tides, ocean currents, pH, salinity, temperature, ocean colour, and phytoplankton from various stations across Canada. Data are available for download in tabular, graphical, and other formats.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    Data product

    Precipitation Change in Canada - Seasonal average precipitation departures compared with the 1961–1990 reference value, Canada (Opens in a new Window)

    The Precipitation Change in Canada indicator measures the yearly and seasonal surface precipitation departures for the years 1948 to 2014. An annual departure (or anomaly) is the difference between the value for a given year and a baseline value. The baseline values used in this indicator are the annual and seasonal precipitation values for the reference period of 1961 to 1990. Information is provided in a number of formats including: static and interactive maps, charts and graphs, HTML and CSV data tables and downloadable reports.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
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    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    • Mapped


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