Climate Data Links

CCCS: Canadian Centre for Climate Services

The CCCS is an initiative of the Government of Canada and provides access to all things climate, from climate basics through to data and resources that support adaptation decision-making. The new CCCS website is designed to facilitate access to climate data and tools through features such as the Library of Climate Resources, interactive climate data viewer, and extraction tool. For the first time, Canadians can access Environment and Climate Change Canada’s climate data through an interactive map, download climate data subsets relevant for their purpose, and use our the library of resources to access climate datasets and resources consolidated across federal, provincial, and territorial governments, national professional organizations, climate consortia and established international organizations. The CCCS has also launched their Climate Services Support Desk which is staffed by climate experts ready to help users understand and use climate information to support adaptation decision-making. The support desk can be reached via email or phone: 1-833-517-0376. A video describing their services is also available here.
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OCDP: Ontario Climate Data Portal

The Ontario Climate Data Portal (OCDP) was recently launched to ensure technical or non-technical end-users (e.g. municipalities, private sector) have easy and intuitive access to the latest robust climate data over the Province of Ontario, Canada. The OCDP incorporates the high-resolution (10 km x 10 km) climate projections developed by the LAMPS at the York University using state-of-the-science combined downscaling technique based on a large ensemble of global and regional climate model results released under the latest IPCC AR5. The 209-member ensemble accounted for projections developed by other jurisdictions such as members of NA-CORDEX, PCIC, OURANOS, University of Toronto, York University, and University of Regina. This user-friendly data portal provides both visual representations and data downloading functions of climate scenarios across Ontario using geospatial maps, including both typical and extreme climate change indicators at temporal scales from annual, seasonal, monthly to daily.
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CCDP: Ontario Climate Change Data Portal

While the OCDP hosts the higher resolution projections based on a huge ensemble to better address the uncertainties, the Ontario Climate Change Data Portal (Ontario CCDP) is still in commission to distribute its unique dynamically downscaled projections over Ontario. Ontario CCDP incorporates the high-resolution (25 km x 25 km) climate projections developed by the IEESC at the University of Regina using the PRECIS modeling system. This user-friendly data portal provides both visual representations and data downloading functions of climate scenarios across Ontario using geospatial maps, including typical climate change indicators (e.g. temperature, precipitation) at temporal scales from annual, seasonal, monthly to daily and hourly. Adaptation modellers can acquire hourly projections for their modelling purpose. This portal also contain projected IDF curves.
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The data section of the Water Budget website provides access to base data describing the provinces' geography, geology, land use, ecology, climate and hydrology that can be used in the development and assessment of a water budget. Future climate datasets produced by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in 2011 are available for download including: hourly and daily climate data for 339 Ontario Climate stations and a subset of future climate datasets for all Ontario stations generated using a variety of methods and resources including the change field method, the percentile method, the Canadian Regional Climate Model and the LARS weather generator. The datasets have been 'filled in' to account for any missing data and create a continuous climate dataset across Ontario for the 1950 - 2005 period of record.
Water also provides access to the Water Quantity Geodatabase which can store the Water Budget and Water Quantity Risk Assessment information collected under the Clean Water Act. This tool can help practitioners store, query and view water budget results, allowing for detailed assessment.
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National Climate Data and Information Archive

The National Climate Data and Information Archive, hosted by Environment Canada, provides practitioners with historical climate data that can be used to determine a baseline and be used in planning, design and implementation activities. The services provided include historical climate data (hourly, daily or monthly for stations across Canada), historical radar images from 31 stations across Canada, Canadian climate normals (averages and extremes for nearly 1500 locations in Canada), Engineering Climate Datasets (IDF curves, CWEEDS -Weather Energy and Engineering Datasets, CWEC- Canadian Weather year for Energy Calculation), and monthly climate summaries of averages and extremes across the country. The site also provides links to other websites that host useful Data Access Tools, Cartographic Tools and Maps, and Climate Information/Summaries.
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Canadian Climate Data and Scenarios

The Canadian Climate Data and Scenarios (CCDS) website supports climate change impact and adaptation research in Canada and other countries through the provision of GCM scenarios, RCM scenarios and downscaling tools. The CCDS website provides climate change information for academic researchers as well as other stakeholders outside of academia who require scenario information for decision-making.
The CCDS website provides climate change scenarios from numerous international research centers in support of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change Assessments. Results from the third (TAR), fourth (AR4), and fifth (AR5) IPCC Assessment Reports are available. The CCDS website also provides link to observational data from climate stations, adjusted and homogenized climate data, and statistically downscaled climate scenarios.
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Great Lakes Observing System

The GLOS Data Portal provides access to near-realtime and archived observations and to model forecasts for the Great Lakes. This includes lake conditions, water levels, wave heights, air and water temperatures and more. The site:
  • Provides an overview of instrumentation.
  • Provides a summary of recent observations.
  • Is map- and chart-oriented, and is aimed at a broad, general audience.
  • Presents satellite data and model forecasts in a user-friendly way.
  • Provides access to STORET and other non-realtime data.
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Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments (GLISA)

The Great Lakes Integrated Science and Assessments (GLISA) website hosts a collection of climate data resources from different institutions that provide international, federal, regional and local climate data on a variety of spatial and temporal resolutions. The data is derived from several GCM and RCM models, downscaled projections and gridded observations. Practitioners are able to access a variety of datasets and portals from across Canada and the US, as well as the accompanying documentation. The resources are indexed so that users can easily locate climate data by specifying parameters, indices, downscaling method and scale of interest.
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Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has developed the Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard and the Great Lakes Hydro-Climate Dashboard for use by practitioners in monitoring lake levels and forecasts for the Great Lakes. The Water Level Dashboard provides users with the ability to view lake levels and forecasts in a variety of timescales. The Hydro-Climate Dashboard adds hydro-climate data sets to water level information, allowing users to directly compare the Great Lakes water levels with the primary drivers of their fluctuation. The Hydro-Climate tool includes data sets for Monthly precipitation, runoff, over-lake evaporation, net basin supply and ice cover.
The Great Lakes Dashboard tools are hosted by NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). The GLERL further supports climate change impact and adaptation research by providing access to real-time meteorological and water level data from satellites; hydrology and hydraulics data (such as stream flow, evaporation and water temperature measurements), meteorology and weather data (temperature, wind speed and precipitation), ice and snow data, waves and circulation data.
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NOAA National Climatic Data Centre

Climate Data Online (CDO) provides free access to the National Climatic Data Centre's archive of historical weather and climate data in addition to station history information. The dataset and mapping tools provide practitioners with documentation and information, as well as options for viewing data by regions. Developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the CDO also provides links to additional data resources for practitioners that have other data needs.
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USGS Geo Data Portal

The Geo Data Portal (GDP) provides access to numerous datasets, including gridded data for climate and land use.
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Climate Wizard

With ClimateWizard you can:
  • view historic temperature and rainfall maps for anywhere in the world
  • view state-of-the-art future predictions of temperature and rainfall around the world
  • view and download climate change maps in a few easy steps
ClimateWizard enables technical and non-technical audiences alike to access leading climate change information and visualize the impacts anywhere on Earth. The first generation of this web-based program allows the user to choose a state or country and both assess how climate has changed over time and to project what future changes are predicted to occur in a given area. ClimateWizard represents the first time ever the full range of climate history and impacts for a landscape have been brought together in a user-friendly format.
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IPCC - Global and Regional Climate Change Projections

The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) considers new evidence of climate change based on many independent scientific analyses from observations of the climate system, paleoclimate archives, theoretical studies of climate processes and simulations using climate models. It provides a comprehensive assessment of the physical science basis of climate change in 14 chapters, supported by a number of annexes and supplementary material. It includes global and regional climate change projections.
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