Additional information on climate data portals

The climate data platforms described on this page provide different tools to learn about, explore, and work with climate data. They also provide climate data at varying levels of detail to suit different needs. This suite of climate change tools supports the needs of diverse audiences, including the general public, the media, policy analysts, engineers, as well as researchers and climate scientists.

Climate Atlas of Canada

The Climate Atlas of Canada, developed by the Prairie Climate Centre, combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to bring the global issue of climate change closer to home for Canadians. This tool provides basic climate model and historical data through maps, graphs, and tables so users can explore local climate projections. To complement the data, the tool also provides summaries and videos with real stories of climate change that support climate action.

The Climate Atlas offers maps and graphs based on Bias Correction/Construction Analogues with Quantile mapping reordering version 2 (BCCAQv2) climate model data as well as Australian National University Spline (ANUSPLIN) data produced by Natural Resources Canada. The data is averaged over 30 year periods and at various regional scales, allowing users to easily visualise and explore the data.

Start learning about climate change with the Climate Atlas of Canada.

ClimateData.ca

ClimateData.ca is a portal that enables Canadians to access, visualize, and analyze climate data, information, and tools to support adaptation planning. It provides access to high-resolution climate data to help build a more resilient Canada. This portal is for informed users like municipal planners and engineers who require access to local climate data, including a range of climate indices, and user-defined climate datasets. Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Computer Research Institute of Montréal, Ouranos, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, the Prairie Climate Centre, and HabitatSeven collaborated to create this portal.

ClimateData.ca provides climate data at annual, monthly or daily model outputs for 10 kilometre grids across Canada. The portal provides access to datasets including Bias Correction/Construction Analogues with Quantile mapping reordering version 2 (BCCAQv2) model daily data, historical Intensity-Duration-Frequency curves and select weather stations from the Meteorological Service of Canada of Environment and Climate Change Canada. More datasets will be added as they become available.

Start exploring detailed climate data at ClimateData.ca.

The Power Analytics and Visualization for Climate Science (PAVICS) (coming soon!)

The PAVICS project is a tool for expert users. Led by Ouranos collaborating with CRIM, PAVICS aims to build a platform capable of streamlining climate scientist workflows. The platform integrates a network of supercomputers to provide the tools needed to analyze and visualize large amounts of climate data.

The PAVICS platform is the most complex platform of these three portals. PAVICS is a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for climate data and has modular components that provide access to climate data and to a library of climate services. It provides advanced climate data processing tools for researchers, climate modellers, and other expert users.

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