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

    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
    Sub-organization:
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Scientific synthesis
    • Tool
    Data product Tool

    Agroclimate Impact Reporter Map Selector (Opens in a new Window)

    The Agroclimate Impact Reporter is an interactive map showing drought characteristics and the impacts of drought conditions on agriculture in the Prairie region. Variables can be visualized at a monthly time scale between 2012 and 2017 as spatial polygons. Variables include monthly changes in drought conditions, impact of drought conditions on agricultural operations, agricultural water shortages, etc.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Interactive
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Data product Tool

    Agroclimate Maps (Opens in a new Window)

    Agroclimate maps display agroclimate conditions in Canada. Available maps include both current agroclimate conditions and historic agroclimate conditions. Agroclimate variables include precipitation characteristics, temperature, and drought indices. Maps can be seen based on region and time span (from Weekly to 5 years). National, Pacific, Prairie, Central, Atlantic, and Ontario maps can be selected.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Mapped
    Tool Guidance

    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
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Scientific synthesis
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Data product Tool

    BC Climate Explorer (Opens in a new Window)

    The BC Climate Explorer is an independent, open-source data visualization project using BC's Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) units. The goal is to help British Columbians - citizens, professionals, and public servants - to understand their changing local climates using both historical and projected future climate information. A wide range of variables is available, including temperature, precipitation, season length, frost, moisture deficit, humidity, and calculated indicators at monthly, seasonal, and annual resolutions. Data are displayed as raster data and are available for download in tabular, polygon, or raster file formats.
    Organization:
    BC Climate Explorer
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Data product Tool

    BC Water Resources Atlas (Opens in a new Window)

    The BC Water Resources Atlas is an iMapBC application with enhanced functionality to display detailed water related data, including watersheds, water quantity and quality monitoring sites, aquifers, water wells and flood protection works. This tool presents raster data for a variety of layers.
    Organization:
    Government of British Columbia
    Sub-organization:
    Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
    Resource formats:
    • Mapped
    Data product Tool

    Canadian Drought Monitor (Opens in a new Window)

    The Canadian Drought Monitor (CDM) uses a classification system that defines severity, extent, and impacts of drought to monitor and report drought. This dataset includes a variety of information regarding the monitoring and reporting of drought. This includes current drought conditions, drought analysis, historic drought maps and data, and the Canadian Drought Monitor application. Current drought severity is shown in polygon format.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product Tool

    Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (Opens in a new Window)

    Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (CWFIS) contains daily fire weather, year-round fire behavior and hot spot maps throughout the forest fire season, generally between May and September. Multiple offerings are available including an interactive map, current conditions, fire danger, weather, fire weather, fire behaviour, fire M3 hotspots, and monthly and seasonal forecasts. Historical analyses including fire weather normals and fire behaviour normals are also available. Data are available as point and polygon data.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Canadian Forest Service
    Resource formats:
    • Interactive
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    Data product Tool

    Current and projected climate data for North America (CMIP5 scenarios) (Opens in a new Window)

    AdaptWest provides modelled climate projections generated using the ClimateNA software, downscaled from the Coupled Climate Model Comparison Phase 5 (CMIP5) database. Variables include mean and extreme estimates of temperature and precipitation, growing and cooling degree days, snowfall, evapotranspiration, and drought indices. Data are available from individual models or a 15-model ensemble at a 1km resolution for North America as well as individual states and provinces to a horizon year of 2050, available for download in grid or tabular formats.
    Organization:
    Conservation Biology Institute
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product Tool

    CWFIS DataMart (Opens in a new Window)

    The Canadian Wildland Fire Information Service (CWFIS) DataMart contains observational fire history data. Datasets include the National Burned Area Composite (defined as the area of forest burned annually since 2004), National Fire Database fire polygon data (forest fire perimeters), National Fire Database fire point data (forest fire locations), the Large Fire Database fire point data (fires greater than 200 hectares between 1959 and 1999), and Alberta Smoke Plume Observations data (observations of 222 plumes collected between 2010 and 2015). Historical point and polygon data are available across Canada.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Canadian Forest Service
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped


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