University of Winnipeg
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Welcome to the
Prairie Climate Centre

Take a moment to visit our new Climate Atlas of Canada and read our blog. Scroll down to learn more about the Prairie Climate Centre and its team.

OUR GOAL

Inspire citizen participation, support communities in making meaningful adaptation and mitigation decisions, and help Canadians move from risk to resilience.

The Prairie Climate Centre is committed to making climate change meaningful and relevant to Canadians of all walks of life. We bring an evidence-based perspective to communicating the science, impacts, and risks of climate change through maps, documentary video, research reports, and plain-language training, writing, and outreach.

Meaning Makers

We are committed to making climate change meaningful and relevant to Canadians of all walks of life.

Researchers

We bring an evidence-based perspective to communicating the science, impacts, and risks of climate change.

Communicators

We specialize in making maps, documentary video, research reports, and plain-language training, writing, and outreach.

FEATURED PROJECT

The Climate Atlas of Canada

The Climate Atlas of Canada is an interactive tool for citizens, researchers, businesses, and community and political leaders to learn about climate change from coast, to coast, to coast.

CLIMATE SCIENCE

Plain-language description and analysis make climate science understandable and meaningful.

MAPPING

Various aspects of climate change can be explored using maps, graphs and climate data for provinces, local regions and cities across the country.

VIDEOS

Documentary videos, collaboratively developed with local and Indigenous knowledge holders as well as other experts, help make local sense of the global issue of climate change.

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Have Questions About Climate Change?

Whether you’re a teacher, a student, or just a bit skeptical about the science of climate change, we’ve got the answers to your most pressing questions.

HOW DO WE KNOW HUMANS ARE CAUSING CLIMATE CHANGE?

Many people wonder how we know that it’s us – humans – causing this global warming. Skeptics sometimes point to changes in the climate thousands or millions of years ago as proof that what’s happening now is “just another natural cycle.” So: how do we know it’s not just natural?

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WHAT CAUSED THE LAST ICE AGE?

There have, of course, been many times over Earth’s 4.5 billion-year history where natural events caused the climate to change. Understanding how these past changes were different from present-day, human-caused climate change is an important step towards realizing the profound consequences of our ongoing release of greenhouse gases.

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IS CANADA ALREADY GETTING WARMER?

In fact, a whole generation of Canadians has never experienced what was considered a “normal” Canadian climate for most of modern history. Historical records show that every year since 1998 – that’s 20 years ago now – has been warmer than the 20th century average.

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WHERE DO CANADA’S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS COME FROM?

For the past couple of hundred years, human activities have been changing the atmosphere by adding a huge volume of greenhouse gases. This has caused the greenhouse effect to become stronger, making the planet warmer. Canadians produced over 720 megatons of GHGs in 2015. That’s a lot of gas.

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THE PCC’S BLOG

Latest from Our Blog

Find out what we’re up to and what’s new in the world of climate change science by visiting our blog. We will be working hard throughout the year to bring you fresh, topical content. Stay tuned for future updates!

Custom Climate Change Reports for Your Community

Last month, we launched our new interactive Climate Atlas website. One of its primary goals is to make climate data accessible and meaningful by providing maps, graphs, explanations, and summaries.[…]

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How does Canada plan to reduce its Greenhouse Gas Footprint?

In a previous blog post, we took an in-depth look at Canada’s annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions [1]. The most recent GHG census pegged total annual emissions at 722 Mt (million[…]

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Roy McLaren: A Conversation about Climate Change and Farming

Roy McLaren has a lifetime of farming experience: he’s farmed in southwest Manitoba for over 70 years. He looks at the climate projections presented in the Prairie Climate Atlas with[…]

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The Prairie Climate Atlas

Before the Canadian Climate Atlas, there was the Prairie Climate Atlas! How is the climate of the Canadian Prairie Provinces going to change in the coming decades? The Prairie Climate Atlas answers this important question by providing you with detailed, state-of-the-art yet easily understood information about our region’s changing climate.

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WHO WE ARE

Meet the PCC team

Our team has high-level expertise and many years of experience in climate change science and storytelling; we are “meaning makers” who work with diverse forms of data and can connect with various audiences including the general public, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, Indigenous communities, scientists, and technical experts.

Dr. Ian Mauro

Co-director

Dr. Mauro is the Director of Communications for the Prairie Climate Centre and Principal of Richardson College for the Environment at the University of Winnipeg.

Dr. Danny Blair

Co-director

Danny Blair is the Director of Science for the Prairie Climate Centre. He is also a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University.

Dr. Nora Casson

Co-director

Dr. Nora Casson is an Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Research Chair in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg.

Dr. Steve McCullough

Senior Research Associate

Steve McCullough, PhD acts as lead web developer and managing editor for the Climate Atlas.

Ryan Smith

Senior Research Associate

Ryan Smith is the Centre’s lead  climatologist, cartographer, and data dude.

Hillary Beattie

Research Associate

Hillary Beattie is a researcher and filmmaker who is interested in exploring social and ecological topics.

Marcel Kreutzer

Research Associate

Marcel Kreutzer is a filmmaker who’s passion for science and technology has lead him to the Prairie Climate Centre.

Christey Allen

Research Coordinator

Christey is the Research Coordinator with the Prairie Climate Centre.

Dr. Durdana Islam

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Islam received PhD from Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba in 2016.

Laura Cameron

Researcher

Originally from Vancouver, BC, Laura comes to UWinnipeg via McGill University with a BSc in biology and anthropology.

Natalie Baird

Masters Student

Natalie Baird is a visual artist and master’s student, exploring the role of art in climate change research.

Matthew Loxley

Researcher

Matthew Loxley is a climate change analyst at the Prairie Climate Centre.

Vanessa Corkal

Research Associate

Vanessa Corkal brings diverse experience in documentary, journalism, and environmental work to the PCC team. She holds a Master of Climate Change from the University of Waterloo.