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.
Today we highlight a little-known feature embedded in the Atlas: the ability to download climate change summary reports for any location on the map. They look like this:
Download the reports
There are two ways to get these reports.
Option 1: visit climateatlas.ca and use the menu to navigate to the map.
Next, click on a region of the map that interests you. You can click on a city/town or on one of the grid boxes. A sidebar will open, displaying some more detailed information. Scroll down just past the graph, and click on the link labelled “Download climate report (PDF).”
Option 2: Visit the “Find Local Data” page (found in the main menu)
Use one of the three options presented on this page:
- “Find me”: shows data for the region where you are right now.
- Choose a town or city.
- Search for a region based on address or other location information.
This will provide you with a page where you can explore many different aspects of climate model data for a location. At the top of this page there is a link to show the location on the map and a “Download climate report” link that provides the PDF summary report.
Understand the reports
The first page of the report highlights important climate changes projected to occur under both the High Carbon (RCP8.5) and Low Carbon (RCP4.5) scenarios. Under the High Carbon scenario, emissions continue to increase at current rates, leading to higher emissions that cause more severe warming. Under the Low Carbon scenario, greenhouse gas emissions slow, peak mid-century, and then drop rapidly, leading to lower emissions that cause less severe warming.
The table is colour-coded to make it easier to read.
Green – These are the mean (average) ‘baseline’ values to which future climate changes can be compared. The baseline period is set to 1976-2005 (30 years).
Blue – These columns show the range of values projected by twelve climate models for the period 2021-2050. The mean (average) of the twelve models is also displayed.
Orange – These columns show the range of values projected by climate models for the period 2051-2080.
To learn more about how the data contained in these reports is calculated, visit our data sources and methods page.
Ryan Smith & Steve McCullough, Prairie Climate Centre
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