As a core part of the Prairie economy, the agricultural sector needs to understand and prepare for risk and vulnerability, identify emerging opportunities, and assess ways to increase resilience.

Decisions that drive agricultural policy, insurance programs, industry priorities, and farm-level management should be informed by accurate, useful climate risk assessments that encourage appropriate adaptation measures.

ClimateWest works to identify current information gaps when it comes to the Prairies’ changing climate and agricultural production capacity. Forthcoming projects will help make data and trends more accessible. ClimateWest will also work in partnership with others, such as industry associations and government, to share information, offer training in the foundations of climate science, and champion climate adaptation efforts underway in Prairies agriculture.

ClimateWest’s partners have each made significant contributions to the agriculture sector. The Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) has undertaken numerous studies that consider climate impacts on future crop viability, forage and livestock production, and water supply. The Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) has made future climate projections via the Climate Atlas of Canada more relevant to the agricultural sector by generating indicators like length of growing season and heat units. The International Institute on Sustainable Development (IISD) has undertaken research and policy analysis on beneficial management practices, establishing a climate-resilient bioeconomy, and the services provided by agro-ecosystems.