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

    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 Tool

    Ice Charts (Opens in a new Window)

    Ice Charts illustrate ice conditions at a particular moment in time. The ice information is presented using a standard international code, known as the Egg Code. Daily Ice Charts, Image Analysis charts, and Regional Ice Charts are available from the Canadian Ice Service (CIS).
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Climate Research Division
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product Tool

    Ice Graph (Opens in a new Window)

    IceGraph 2.0 generates ice coverage bar graphs and data tables for a selected region and date range. Data are available from 1968 to present and can be compared between seasons. Specific measures include first year ice, new ice, young ice, and old ice for the current season as well as for the historical monitoring period.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Canadian Ice Service
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    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
    Data product Tool

    Satellite Soil Moisture (Opens in a new Window)

    Satellite Soil Moisture map and dataset show moisture in the top 5 cm of soil across Canada. Data are available on a Weekly, bi-Weekly, and monthly basis. Soil moisture values are available as absolute values and as difference from average soil moisture over a longer-term period.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Data product Tool

    Seasonal forecasts (Opens in a new Window)

    Seasonal forecasts include probabilistic seasonal forecasts of temperature, precipitation, sea surface temperature, snow water equivalent, surface solar radiation, cloud fraction and specific humidity for Canada. Global forecasts of temperature and precipitation are also available. Gridded and projected data are produced by the Canadian seasonal prediction system.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Climate Research Division
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Mapped
    Tool

    Seedwhere (Opens in a new Window)

    Seedwhere is a tool which maps the similarity of climates across geographic regions. While the tool can be used for any purpose, it was originally developed to support decisions on seed movements and sustainable forest management. Seedwhere estimates similarity of climates between both locations and under varying climate scenarios, including future projected climates. Users can specify the seed source and planting area, species type, and climate variable. Data are presented as an interactive map and are available for download in tabular format.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Interactive
    • Mapped
    Data product Tool

    Statistically Downscaled Climate Scenarios (Opens in a new Window)

    Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) offers statistically downscaled daily Canada-wide climate scenarios, at a gridded resolution of 300 arc-seconds (0.0833 degrees, or roughly 6 km x 10 km) for the period 1950-2100. The variables available include daily minimum temperature, maximum temperature, and precipitation. Users may access the scenarios using an interactive map interface that allows users to zoom, pan and select their region of interest using a rectangular-selection tool. Downscaled climate data is available for over 10 models under Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 2.6, 4.5, and 8.5. Data are available for download in NetCDF, ASCII, and Arc formats.
    Organization:
    Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, Government of Canada: Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Data files
    • Interactive
    • Mapped
    • Tool
    Tool

    Test bed for a decision making protocol in the hydroelectric sector (Opens in a new Window)

    The test bed offers an interactive tool to hydro electricity managers enabling them to better understand the issues and to integrate climate information and other relevant conditions (e.g. energy market, expert advices, etc.) in their decision-making process.
    Organization:
    Ouranos, Government of Canada: Natural Resources Canada, Manitoba Hydro, Government of Quebec, Hydro Québec
    Sub-organization:
    Resource formats:
    • Interactive
    • Tool
    Tool

    The use of the Land Suitability Rating System to Assess Climate Change Impacts on Corn Production in the Lower Fraser Valley of British Columbia (Opens in a new Window)

    The Land Suitability Rating System (LSRS) is a spatial modeling tool that generates a class rating for individual parcels of land for specific agricultural field crops based on a soil-climate-landscape potential. Alongside the Tool are accompanying climatic temperate index maps and climate moisture maps.
    Organization:
    Government of Canada: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Sub-organization:
    Canadian Soil Information Service
    Resource formats:
    • Graphical
    • Mapped
    • Tool


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