About ClimateWest

ClimateWest is the central hub for climate services in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta providing access to regionally relevant climate information and the support to use it effectively in planning and decision making.

Our Story

Who Are We?

ClimateWest is a non-profit organization and a regional hub for climate services in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, empowering people, communities, businesses, and governments to address risks and opportunities caused by a changing climate.

The organization’s mandate is to deliver credible, useful, and timely climate information, data, and tools tailored to the Prairie region in support of positive adaptation to climate change.

ClimateWest draws on the strengths of three founding partners who provide the expertise and capacity to deliver on ClimateWest’s mandate: the Prairie Climate Centre (PCC), the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). By working together, organizations, communities, and people can efficiently tap into the experience of all three partners. Learn more about each partner by clicking on the tab titled “Our Founding Partners” above.

What Drives Us

People throughout the Prairie provinces have been adapting to the shifts in weather between seasons for generations. This variability what helps makes this region so unique.

But the Prairies are also one of the fastest warming regions in Canada due to climate change. Our collective ability to cope is already being tested as extreme weather events become more severe and frequent. In other cases, a changing climate brings new opportunities for the Prairies, but to take advantage of these requires anticipation and planning.

ClimateWest is focused on building Prairie resilience to thrive in the face of climate change.

How We Work

We want you to have better access to leading-edge climate research, tools, risk management, training, and capacity building that you can trust.

Approachable – We make climate knowledge accessible, understandable and actionable for real people. We welcome questions and collaborative problem-solving.

Inclusive – We recognize that the Prairies are home to many realities, and we aspire to reflect these different perspectives. To do this, we lead with listening.

Relevant – We are committed to supporting locally driven approaches to climate adaptation. Our network brings deep care and attention to local adaptation challenges.

Reliable – Our network is anchored in research excellence. We are a central hub for credible climate information and expertise.

Responsive – We live here, this is home. We understand the climate adaptation barriers people and communities across the Prairies face, and we take pride in adapting our services in response to challenges, ideas and feedback.

Our Founding Partners

Prairies Adaptation Research Collaborative

The Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC), based at the University of Regina, has executed over 100 research projects related to climate change, impacts, and adaptation over twenty years. Highlights include province-wide vulnerability and impact assessments for Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as leading the writing of definitive summaries of Prairie climate change for national assessment projects. PARC also possesses a unique reconstruction of the Prairie paleoclimate based on tree-ring dating used to reconstruct past temperatures, Prairie paleohydrology, and the frequency and severity of drought over several centuries prior to systematic measurement. PARC maintains climate data related to regional climate model projections for the Prairie Provinces.

 

Prairie Climate Centre

The Prairie Climate Centre (PCC), based at the University of Winnipeg, brings innovation and story-telling to climate risk communications with the aim of generating new understanding and inspiring action. PCC draws on a unique collaboration among climatologists, environmental scientists, and hydrologists with filmmakers, cartographers, and communication specialists. The PCC has created and hosts the Climate Atlas of Canada–the first national tool to interactively visualize and serve data for approximately 2000 towns, cities, and regions across the country. Essential for decision-making, Climate Atlas data is used by communities across Canada to plan for, and develop, climate resiliency.

 

International Institute for Sustainable Development

Established in 1990, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is one of the world’s leading independent policy research centres. IISD has deep experience in promoting actions that increase the capacity of ecological, social, and economic systems to withstand and adjust to the anticipated and unanticipated impacts of climate change. Working collaboratively with governments, private sector, communities, and non-profits from its headquarters in Winnipeg, IISD has a track record of building capacity of decision-makers in the Prairies undertaking climate change assessments and building the capacity of decision-makers to prepare for climate change impacts–including as secretariat for the Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (PRAC) since 2016.

Our Supporters

The work of ClimateWest is made possible with support from the Government of Manitoba, the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Alberta. At the federal level, ClimateWest is supported by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

 

We greatly appreciate all four governments’ commitment to the vision of ClimateWest and the financial and in-kind support made available. 

 

Enviroment and Climent Change Canada

 

Alberta

 

Manitoba

 

National Network

ClimateWest is a part of a growing network of regional climate service providers that work closely with the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) within Environment and Climate Change Canada.

This network works together to promote access to a continuum of national climate data portals, as well as training and support on the use of climate information in decision-making—with attention to specific regional variation and needs.

While ClimateWest serves Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) serves British Columbia and Yukon and Ouranos serves Quebec.

More regional hubs are in development.