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

    Agroclimatic Atlas of Alberta: Maps (Opens in a new Window)

    The Agroclimatic Atlas of Alberta contains maps summarizing climatic variables across Alberta for various historical periods, depending on variable. The following agroclimate variables are included: temperature, precipitation, growing season length, wind speed, wind direction, radiation, frost, hot days, cold days, wet spells, and dry spells. Data is presented in mapped format. In addition to maps and graphics, this page also links to a number of climate resources under the Agroclimatic Atlas of Alberta.
    Organization:
    Government of Alberta
    Sub-organization:
    Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
    Resource formats:
    • Mapped
    Additional resources

    ArcticNet (Opens in a new Window)

    ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada that brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies, and the private sector. Current and past research projects can be viewed.
    Organization:
    ArcticNet
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    Data product

    Atlas agroclimatique du Québec (in French only) (Opens in a new Window)

    The AgroClimate Atlas of Quebec contains historical observations and future modelled climate indicators for various regions of Quebec. Moderate and high emissions scenarios are available and indicators are presented in mapped and graphical form. Indicators are reported as seasonal averages over the horizon periods, and include: frost dates, extreme temperatures, growing season, degree-days, corn heat units, hardening, dehardening, precipitation, water budget, and IDF graphs.
    Organization:
    Quebec Reference Center for Agriculture and Agri-food (CRAAQ)
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    • 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

    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 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 Data for Nova Scotia (Opens in a new Window)

    Climate Data for Nova Scotia includes information on maximum temperatures, minimum temperatures, precipitation, extreme precipitation and growing season length, broken up into different regions of Nova Scotia. Each region has historical data for a 30-year baseline period (1961-90 is used here) and future projections to the end of the century (2100). Future projections are based on 30-year time periods: 2020s, 2050s, and 2080s. This information was generated by the Meteorological Service of Canada at Environment and Climate Change Canada and uses a statistical downscaling method of results from the Canadian Global Climate Model (CGCM1).
    Organization:
    Government of Nova Scotia
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files


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