Climate & Weather Data Webinar Series

Climate & Weather Data Webinar Series

Zoom webinar
24th June 2020

From weather station data to future climate projection models and decision support tools for farm-level management, this series will provide an in-depth look at what information is available and how to best use it for research or agriculture management for climate change adaptation.

Tough questions welcome! Plus, share your ideas on how existing data and tools can be further developed to meet the needs of researchers and agriculture end users.

All webinars are free, registration is required. 

Webinar 1: Weather stations, historical data & streamflows

Full description

Thursday June 11, 10:30 – 12:00

This interactive webinar provides a deep dive into data available for agriculture researchers and agrologists that can be used to support research and farm management as well as develop decision support and forecasting tools. 

  • Tour Farmwest.com, the largest agricultural weather station network portal in the province, from station coverage to the suite of weather-based farm calculators.
  • Be introduced to BC’s gridded climatology data, PRISM (Parameter-elevation Regressions on Independent Slopes Model), that provides temperature and precipitation climatologies at roughly 800 metre resolution across the province. Gain an understanding of how this data differs from weather stations and how to use the interactive web interface.
  • Hydrological modelling of streamflows are critical to understanding water availability for agriculture in a changing climate. The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium explains the station and gridded hydrological model outputs they have developed for the Peace, Fraser, and Columbia watersheds.

Come prepared with your tough questions and suggestions for how data can support agricultural adaptation research. 

Webinar hosts:
Shauna MacKinnon, BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network &
Kari Tyler, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium


Presenters:

Farmwest – Stephanie Tam, BC Ministry of Agriculture
PRISM – Faron Anslow, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
Hydrological model outputs Arelia (Werner) Schoeneberg

Webinar 2: Climate Modelling Analysis Tools

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Wednesday, June 24, 10:30 – 11:30

Climate change models offer insight into future temperature, precipitation and weather extremes. Analysis tools help make sense of these models by downscaling data to the regional level and allowing users to define the scenarios, time horizons and regions that are of most interest to them. This is particularly important in B.C. where there is substantial regional variation. This webinar introduces the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium’s latest analysis tools. 

  • Be among the first to test the new version of the user-friendly Plan2Adapt analysis tool designed for those less familiar with climate modelling, but interested in accessing maps and data that assess BC climate change impacts at the regional level.
  • The more sophisticated Climate Explorer tool allows users to select data from a dozen global climate models, 3 GHG emissions scenarios, and many variables including temperature, precipitation, and climate indices as well as a specific time horizon and your region of interest. 

Whether you are new to climate models or are looking for sophisticated analysis, you will leave this webinar knowing how to generate maps, plots, and data describing projected future climate conditions.

Webinar hosts:
Shauna MacKinnon, BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network  
Kari Tyler, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium


Presenters:
Plan2Adapt – Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
Climate Explorer Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium 

Webinar 3: Canadian Climate Data Portals

Full description

Early September

A new portal for the agriculture sector is the latest part of national efforts to make climate data more accessible. This webinar introduces Canada-wide climate data portals. Wondering which portal to use and when? You’ll get the answer! 

  • ClimateAtlas.ca uses data from the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium but offers a more user friendly and accessible format that is rich in infographics and storytelling. It is a great place to direct people new to climate change science.
  • ClimateData.ca is a more sophisticated data portal developed to support the adaptation efforts of decision makers across Canada – the initial focus was on providing information for the health sector.
  • A new agriculture module is under development that will provide data on indicators most relevant to the agriculture sector (e.g. growing degree days) and feature case studies of how climate data indicators can feed into agricultural research for adaptation, from pest modelling to future crop suitability.  

Webinar host:
Shauna MacKinnon, BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network

Presenters:
ClimateAtlas & ClimateData.ca Elaine Barrow, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Agriculture Module Christine Allen, University of Winnipeg/Prairie Climate Services Centre