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  • Title: Meeting the Need for Practical Climate Information | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Descriptive info: .. Jump to navigation.. Home.. Contact.. Search form.. Search.. Our Programs.. Hydrologic Impacts.. Regional Climate Impacts.. Climate Analysis and Monitoring.. Resources.. Publications Library.. Regional Climate Summaries.. Software Library.. Climate-Related Links.. Glossary.. Tools and Data.. Regional Analysis Tool.. Plan2Adapt.. PCDS Portal.. ClimdEX.. Seasonal Climate.. ClimateWNA.. ETCCDI.. News and Events.. News.. Events.. Seminars.. Regional Climate Services Workshop 2011.. About PCIC.. Regional Climate Services.. Background.. Governance.. People.. Careers.. 1.. 2.. 3.. Meeting the Need for Practical Climate Information.. The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) 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.. We collaborate with climate researchers and  ...   Regional Climate Summaries, Overview and Feedback.. When:.. Nov 26 2013 -.. 10:00am.. to.. 11:00am.. Where:.. Register for this Webinar.. More Events.. Featured Publication.. PCIC Science Brief: Dynamical Models Versus Statistical Models for El Niño Prediction.. This Science Brief covers a recent paper in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society by Barnston and colleagues.. In this paper, they show that physics-based models are now better than statistical models at El Niño prediction.. The result is important for seasonal weather prediction in BC because El Niño has a strong effect on weather in our region.. More Publications.. Terms of Use.. Privacy Policy.. RSS.. 2013 Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.. All rights reserved.. Developed and maintained by.. Websage Solutions.. PCIC Enews Signup..

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  • Title: Contact Us | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Descriptive info: You are here.. /.. Contact Us.. Our offices are located in the University House 1 building at the University of Victoria.. You can view or download.. this map.. (PDF) which shows where we are situated on campus as well as nearby parking facilities.. Use the email form below or  ...   staff member.. Mailing Address.. Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.. University House 1.. PO Box 3060 Stn CSC.. University of Victoria.. Victoria, British Columbia.. Canada V8W 3R4.. Courier Address.. 2489 Sinclair Road.. Canada V8N 6M2.. View Map.. Telephone/FAX.. Telephone: (250) 721-6236.. FAX: (250) 721-7217.. Your name.. *.. Organization.. Email address.. Message..

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  • Title: Our Programs | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Descriptive info: PCIC's applied research program is organized around three interrelated themes: Hydrologic Impacts, Regional Climate Impacts, and Climate Analysis and Monitoring.. The Hydrologic Impacts theme is concerned with estimating the effects of climate variability and change on water resources using downscaled global climate models and hydrologic models.. READ MORE.. The Regional Climate Impacts theme stresses the need to explain and interpret the potential impacts of global climate variability and change at the regional and community scale.. The Climate Analysis and Monitoring theme addresses the need for accurate historical and near real-time climate data..

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  • Title: Hydrologic Impacts | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Descriptive info: The Hydrologic Impacts research activity will incorporate an expanded spatial domain that includes all drainage areas encompassed by the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada.. It also anticipates that there will be stakeholder requirements for information on multiple timescales, and it considers the need for information on extreme hydrologic events.. Initially (2012-2013) work will extend previous research activity defined through a BC Hydro/PCIC research agreement (2007-2011).. This activity will focus on extending the hydrological modelling domain, and improving the modelling technology at PCIC in support of the program’s primary research objectives.. Future work will continue to consider these needs and the increasing needs of other sectors and stakeholders to understand changes  ...   release of water in catchments containing glaciers and ice-caps.. Short-term Forecasting: Skill assessment and demonstration of monthly, seasonal and annual hydrologic forecasts; continued development of capacity to develop a test-bed hydro-climatological forecast system.. Long-term Projection: Comprehensive projections of hydrologic impacts to year 2100 due to anthropogenic climate change using updated climate change projections and improved hydrologic modelling tools, including the projection of changes in hydro-climate variability and extremes, and the identification of the causes of changes in extreme behaviour.. Near-term Prediction: Diagnosis, evaluation, and skill assessment of decadal and multi-decadal hydrologic predictions including hydro-climatic predictions to year 2035.. Key Personnel:.. Markus Schnorbus.. , Lead, Hydrologic Impacts.. Arelia Werner.. , Hydrologist.. Rajesh Shrestha..

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  • Title: Regional Climate Impacts | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Descriptive info: The Regional Climate Impacts research theme is focused on improving the availability and relevance of future projections of climate change and impacts.. To accomplish this, we require a comprehensive foundation of climate information and downscaling capability that must be continually improved in step with the evolution of climate modelling and downscaling science.. Consequently, the theme has invested significant effort in strengthening and updating this information base.. Activity between 2012-2013 was focused on evaluating the emerging international archive of the World Climate Research Program Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5 (WCRP CMIP5) and developing strategies to efficiently represent the diversity of results that CMIP5 will provide under the new “Representative Concentration Pathways” greenhouse gas emissions scenarios.. Current impacts research is largely based on the WCRP CMIP3 experiment that was developed for the IPCC 4th Assessment Report (published in 2007).. With the new climate modelling experiments (CMIP5) that exploit updated greenhouse gas forcing scenarios at our disposal, we will maintain  ...   experience obtained through previous applied research projects and significant user interest in regional climate analysis results.. Previous projects documenting and researching the performance of a range of statistical downscaling tools have provided PCIC with insights that allow for an informed choice of tools and improved characterization of uncertainty.. As well, user interest in understanding projected changes to climate extremes is increasing as users develop plans for reducing the risks associated with the changing incidence and intensity of extreme climate and weather events.. Downscaling: create statistically downscaled results over the Pacific Yukon Region of Canada from the CMIP5 ensemble.. Extremes: extend the analysis of projected future climate change to include changes in the frequency and intensity of extremes in our region.. Impacts: extend the analysis of projected future change to include regional impacts relevant to ecosystems, resource management, infrastructure, and local government.. Trevor Murdock.. , Lead, Regional Climate Impacts.. Stephen Sobie.. , RCI Analyst.. Alex Cannon.. , Research Climatologist..

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  • Title: Climate Analysis and Monitoring | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Descriptive info: The Climate Analysis and Monitoring (CAM) theme at PCIC is focused on providing reference climate data to users and interpreting recent seasonal weather in light of climatology using climate data available for the province.. Activity between 2012-2013 will be aimed at establishing the Provincial Climate Data Set (PCDS) and generating high-resolution climate maps from those data.. Analysis of seasonal weather and issuance of Seasonal Climate Reviews (SCRs) will accompany this work from the onset.. Much of this work is governed by pre-existing agreements with the BC government and Oregon State University’s PRISM Climate Group.. Further development of the program (2014-2016) includes expansion of the SCRs, generation of time-series maps of monthly and then daily weather variables, examination of specific scientific questions that arise from CAM activities, and the introduction of new ways to serve the public’s need to access the work of CAM.. This work is enabled by British Columbia’s Climate Related Monitoring  ...   of station data including implementation of near real-time data ingestion and further steps toward quality control and station homogenization.. PRISM Climatology Mapping: Application of the PRISM technology to the generation of 30 arc second resolution climatological maps of maximum, minimum, and mean temperature and precipitation in British Columbia on a monthly and annual basis.. PRISM Time-series Mapping: Generation of a time series of 30 arc-second maps of temperature and precipitation in British Columbia on a monthly basis.. Initially, these maps will be produced for the period 1971 to present.. Future work will explore production of monthly maps into the early and mid 20th century with a long-term focus on producing maps at a daily temporal resolution.. Develop Seasonal Climate Reviews: Issue reports at three month intervals analyzing the previous season’s weather anomalies using data in the PCDS, PRISM maps, and publicly available atmospheric analyses.. Faron Anslow.. , Climatologist.. James Hiebert.. , Lead, Computational Support..

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  • Title: Resources | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Descriptive info: Technical reports and peer-reviewed papers are important information resources for communicating the results of PCIC applied research projects.. These resources are produced on a solid foundation of in-house expertise with regular and invaluable contributions by affiliated experts.. Browse through our library of project reports, peer-reviewed papers  ...   associates.. Climate summaries for BC's eight resource regions that discuss historical climate trends, projections of climate change and potential impacts.. Familiarize yourself with the terminology used by climate scientists and climate stakeholders.. Continue your exploration by following these links to other climate related sites around the web..

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  • Title: Publications Library | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Descriptive info: Refine Search.. Type.. Title.. Authors.. Date.. Summary Report.. Climate Summary: Kootenay-Boundary.. PCIC.. Nov 2013.. Climate Summary: Northeast.. Climate Summary: Omenica.. Climate Summary: Skeena.. Climate Summary: South Coast.. Climate Summary: Thompson-Okanagan.. Climate Summary: West Coast.. Climate Summary: Cariboo.. A Climate Change Scenario Intercomparison Study for the Canadian Columbia River Basin.. Hamlet, A.. F.. , M.. A.. Schnorbus, A.. T.. Werner, M.. Stumbaugh and I.. Tohver.. Project Report.. Journal Article.. A comprehensive, high-resolution database of historical and projected climate surfaces for western North America.. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Association, 94, 1307–1309.. Hamann, A, T.. Wang, D.. L.. Spittlehouse and T.. Q.. Murdock.. Oct 2013.. Science Brief.. PCIC Science Brief: Arctic Warming, Increasing Snow Cover and Widespread Boreal Cooling.. The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium..  ...   past 20 years.. Aug 2013.. Climate Extremes in the Canadian Columbia Basin: A Preliminary Assessment.. Climate and atmospheric drivers of historical terrestrial carbon uptake in the province of British Columbia, Canada.. Biogeosciences Discuss.. , 2013, 10, 13603-13638.. Peng, Y.. , V.. K.. Arora, W.. A.. Kurz, R.. Hember, B.. Hawkins, J.. C.. Fyfe and A.. T.. Werner.. Multimodel Detection and Attribution of Extreme Temperature Changes.. Journal of Climate.. doi:10.. 1175/JCLI-D-12-00551.. 1, in press.. Min, S.. , X.. Zhang, F.. Zwiers (PCIC), S.. Shiogama, Y.. Tung, and M.. Wehner.. Jul 2013.. Workshop Report.. Atmospheric Rivers State of Knowledge Report.. Pinna Sustainability.. Science Brief: Is atmospheric carbon dioxide removal a game changer for climate change mitigation?.. Pages.. 4.. 5.. 6.. next ›.. last »..

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  • Title: Regional Climate Summaries | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Descriptive info: We have put.. together a set of climate summaries for the eight resource regions of BC.. These were made with the support of the.. BC Ministry of Forestry, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.. ,.. as part of our ongoing mission t.. o help regional stakeholders in British Columbia plan for projected changes to climate.. These summaries describe climate change projections for each region in the context of historical observations and province-wide climate change.. Each one begins with a brief, general overview of climate change in BC and a short discussion of the topography, climate influences, ecosystems and  ...   the region and discussing briefly what impacts these may have for various sectors, infrastructure and ecosystems.. Over the historical period, temperature and precipitation are covered.. The future projections section discusses temperature, precipitation and, in addition, provides a table of projected changes to snowfall, growing degree days, heating degree days and frost-free days for the 2050s.. These summaries make use of PCIC’s Plan2Adapt tool and the CANGRID and PRISM climate data sets.. Reports for the.. Cariboo.. ,.. Kootenay-Boundary.. Northeast.. Omineca.. Skeena.. South Coast.. Thompson-Okanagan.. and.. West Coast.. regions are available either individually or.. together in a.. ZIP file..

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  • Title: Software Library | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Descriptive info: PCIC has developed a number of R packages for use with climate data, either to solve problems encountered when working with it in R, or to improve upon existing software.. PCIC makes these packages freely available under the LGPL or GPL licenses.. climdex.. pcic:.. The climdex.. pcic package lets users of the R programming language calculate CLIMDEX climate extremes indices on climate data of their choosing.. It is a relatively fast, well tested implementation of the CLIMDEX indices (see.. http://etccdi.. pacificclimate.. org/list_27_indices.. shtml.. ).. If  ...   package lets users of the R programming language use dates on gregorian, 365- and 360-day calendars like any other dates in R.. org/web/packages/PCICt/.. udunits2:.. The udunits2 package lets users of the R programming language convert data between different units (for example, from degrees C to degrees K).. org/web/packages/udunits2/.. gcm:.. Climdex.. gcm is used internally by PCIC to calculate the Climdex indices on GCMs, both on clusters and on local machines.. It is available from.. http://www.. org/~bronaugh/climdex_gcm/compute_index_on_gcm.. For assistance with using this code, please contact.. David Bronaugh..

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  • Title: Climate-Related Links | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
    Descriptive info: Regional.. BC Hydro.. BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.. Climate Action Secretariat, BC Ministry of Environment.. Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington.. Climate Related Monitoring Program (CRMP), BC Ministry of Environment.. ClmateWNA Program, University of British Columbia.. Columbia Basin Trust.. Fraser Basin Council.. Future Forests Ecosystem Initiative, BC Ministry of Forests and Range.. King Tide Photo Initiative, BC Climate Action Secretariat.. Ouranos.. Pacific and Yukon Region Atmospheric Hazards, Environment Canada.. Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.. PRISM  ...   Research Centre, University of Victoria.. Western Canadian Cryospheric Network.. National.. American Meteorological Society.. Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Environment Canada.. Canadian Climate Change Scenarios Network, Environment Canada.. Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada.. Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce.. Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, US Department of Energy.. International.. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.. North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program.. World Meteorological Organization..

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