Climate, Weather and Snow
2011 Glacier Inventory Report
Results showed a reduction in glacier cover in the two parks by 19.4 km2 between 2000-2011 or a 12.7% decrease from the calculated 2000 total area (152.71 km2 ), which includes 147 glacier masses. This equates to a reduction in the overall glacier coverage in the parks over the same period from 9.5% to 8.3%. The annual rate of loss was higher from 2000-06 than 2006-2011, perhaps as a result of cooler summers and greater snow cover observed in the second half of the decade (see also fig. 5). The annual average change from 2000-2011 (1.16%) is higher than the annual change calculated for the parks (0.70%) and the region (0.72%) in the western Canada inventory 1986-2006, suggesting an increased rate of glacier retreat in the new millennium.
Glacial recession study results can be found here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/glacier/decouvrir-discover/recherche-research/glacier.
BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Includes BC Government’s approaches to mitigation and adaptation, emmissions information, and more.
Canadian Avalanche Association
Provides leadership, development, communication, coordination and delivery of public avalanche safety products and services through a collaborative, diverse and multilevel network.
Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis
The CCCma conducts research in climate modelling and analysis.
Climate BC: A program to generate climate normal data for genecology and climate change studies in western Canada
ClimateBC extracts and downscales PRISM monthly data (2.5 x 2.5 arcmin) for the reference period (1961-1990), and calculates seasonal and annual climate variables for specific locations based on latitude, longitude and elevation (optional) for British Columbia, Yukon Territories, the Alaska Panhandle, and part of Alberta and US. This program also downscales and integrates future climate datasets for 2020s, 2050s and 2080s generated by various global circulation models. The output includes both directly calculated and derived climate variables.
This program has been updated to include the whole of western North America (ClimateWNA) and added a reference evaporation value.
Columbia Basin Trust – Climate Change in the Columbia Basin
The Columbia Basin Trust addresses climate change. Includes information on local climate change impacts, reducing emissions, adapting to climate change, publications, and more.
Columbia Basin Trust – Water Initiatives
CBT is working in partnership with a variety of community groups, local governments, First Nations, and provincial and federal organizations to increase Basin residents’ understanding of water issues in the Columbia Basin, and to work cooperatively towards a common agreement for the future management of our shared water resources.
Environment Canada – Climate Change
Portal to federal government information on climate change.
Historical Climate Data
Access historical weather, climate data, and related information for numerous locations across Canada. Temperature, precipitation, degree days, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, monthly summaries, averages, extremes and Climate Normals, are some of the information you will find on this site.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The IPCC is a scientific body. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters.
Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. They collaborate with climate researchers and regional stakeholders to produce knowledge and tools in support of long-term planning.
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, hosted and led by the University of Victoria in partnership with BC’s other research-intensive universities (Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Northern British Columbia), pulls together the intellectual capital of the province into a dynamic knowledge network that integrates multi-disciplinary approaches to climate change.
Climate change impacts do not affect every region of British Columbia in the same way. The Plan2Adapt tool generates maps, plots, and data describing projected future climate conditions for regions throughout British Columbia. It is designed to help you assess climate change in your region based on a standard set of climate model projections. It is similar to the Regional Analysis Tool and uses the same data to generate its output. With a simpler user interface and fewer configurable options Plan2Adapt is designed to serve the needs of those involved in local and regional community planning.
After exploring the projected climate changes for your region, you may also want to visit Retooling for Climate Change, a website for examining climate change impacts in preparation for adaptation in BC.
Resilience and Climate Change: Adaptation Potential for Ecological Systems and Forest Management in the West Kootenays
Climate change is with us, and is having visible effects on forests in the West Kootenay today. Future changes are predicted to be significant in terms of increasing temperatures and reduced moisture—particularly in summer. These changes have the potential to cause significant shifts in the ecosystems we are familiar with, and in how they currently function. A recently completed two year integrated Vulnerability Assessment in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia was aimed at exploring these future changes. The main goals of the assessment were to increase knowledge about regional climate change and ecological resilience, and enhance the capacity of forest managers to adapt to the challenges of climate change. Project reports are available at the website.
Transport Canada – Climate Change
Transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.
University of Washington Climate Impacts Group
The Climate Impacts Group is an interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change on the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Through research and interaction with regional stakeholders, the CIG works to increase the resilience of the Pacific Northwest to fluctuations in climate. The information on this site is highly relevant to southeastern British Columbia.