ClimateWest is the regional hub for climate services in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan providing access to regionally relevant climate information and the support to use it effectively in planning and decision making.
Who Are We?
ClimateWest is a non-profit organization and a regional hub for climate services in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan 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.
What Drives Us
People throughout the Prairie provinces have been adapting to the shifts in weather between seasons for generations. This variability is 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.
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, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, CLIMAtlantic serves Atlantic Canada, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) serves British Columbia and Yukon and Ouranos serves Quebec.
More regional hubs are in development.
The work of ClimateWest is made possible with support from the Government of Alberta, Government of Manitoba, and the Government of Saskatchewan. 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.
ClimateWest was founded by three partners who played a significant role in establishing ClimateWest: the Prairie Climate Centre (PCC), the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). These three organizations continue to play an essential role in providing climate services to the Prairies, Canada and beyond.