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

    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
    Tool

    Canadian Extreme Water Level Adaptation Tool (CAN-EWLAT) (Opens in a new Window)

    Canadian Extreme Water Level Adaptation Tool (CAN-EWLAT) is a science-based planning tool for the adaptation of coastal infrastructure related to future water-level extremes and changes in wave climates. This tool allows users to locate tide gauges and small craft harbours across Canada. For each geographical location, data including vertical allowance, sea level rise, mean water level, and wave climate can be visualized and downloaded.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Bedford Institute of Oceanography
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    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 Impacts and Outlook (Opens in a new Window)

    The Climate Impacts and Outlook resource offers a snapshot of recent weather events and anomalies, regional weather impacts on ecosystems and economic sectors, and a forecast for the coming three months displayed through static maps. Historical and future data are available as point, grid and polygon data. Regional impacts and outlooks are available from 2014 to 2017. Current conditions and forecasts of temperature, precipitation, drought, stream flow, winter weather, and ocean conditions are available.
    Organization:
    Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    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 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
    Additional resources

    NEclimateUS (Opens in a new Window)

    NEClimateUS is a searchable online database that provides a gateway to climate information for the Eastern US, Atlantic Canada and the maritime region known as the Northwest Atlantic. This collection includes data reports, assessments, standards, handbooks, frameworks, and other resources from federal governments, universities, non-governmental organizations, and others. Users can filter resources by sector, scientific discipline, existing data, existing services, sector, and also using a keyword search.
    Organization:
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, National Wildlife Federation, Environment and Climate Change Canada
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    Resource formats:
    • Impact assessment
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Tool

    Plant Hardiness Zone Maps of Canada (Opens in a new Window)

    Plant Hardiness Zone Maps of Canada provide gridded information about where different types of plants can grow. They combine climatic information from across Canada and are available for two historical periods: 1961-1990 and 1981-2010. Projected future range maps are also available for a number of species of trees, shrubs, and perennial herbs. Climate profiles are available for plant species based on distribution data and climate models.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Mapped


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