“The Climate Atlas of Canada combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to bring the global issue of climate change closer to home for Canadians. It is designed to inspire local, regional, and national action that will let us move from risk to resilience.”
That’s the way the Climate Atlas of Canada is explained at www.climateatlas.ca. This new site has recently been featured by major Canadian newspapers and media outlets (links below). Here’s why.
Several elements combine to make this site an extremely intriguing way to view climate change:
- interactive map format
- climate data on demand
- projections of future climate conditions,
- ability for site visitors to scale change to either “less” or “more.”
- stories from real people in video format.
The atlas, developed by the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg, provides data and information about climate change across Canada. It also compares data from 1976 to 2005 with projections for 2051 to 2080.
Even considering all of the resources and applications accessible across the internet, the climate change atlas is unique. In one package, everyone from a lay person to an expert can access credible, well documented information about climate through this absorbing site.
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The “About” section of the site sums up the Climate Atlas of Canada as:
” . . . an interactive tool for citizens, researchers, businesses, and community and political leaders to learn about climate change in Canada. . . . The Atlas explains what climate change is, how it affects Canada and what these changes mean in our communities.” – climateatlas.ca
The site provides a menu sub-divided into the following topics:
In short climateatlas.ca helps us understand climate change. Why not try it out?
- January 16th, 2018 Infosuperior podcast with climateatlas.ca developer and team leader Dr. Ian Mauro
- April 4th, 2018 Globe and Mail Newspaper article
- April 4th, 2018 Vice News article on “Motherboard.”
- April 5, 2018 CBC Radio Interview on “As it Happens”
The Climate Atlas was developed with financial support from the University of Winnipeg, Great West Life Assurance, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Province of Manitoba and Environment and Climate Change Canada.