Newsletter – December 2022

Message from the team

Thank you for tuning in to our monthly newsletter. Our goal is to provide updates on new climate change data products, tools, and guidance documents available on

This month, we are focussing on extreme precipitation and flooding. Flooding is Canada’s costliest natural disaster, and in many locations climate change is expected to increase the risk of floods. Here you will find some interesting links to resources and datasets that speak to heavy rainfalls and flooding.

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Featured Product – Climate-change scaled IDF Data

Intense precipitation events can deliver large amounts of rain over short periods of time. This rain can overwhelm storm drains, flood basements, wash out bridges and roads, and trigger landslides. To reduce the risk of these impacts, engineers, hydrologists, planners and other decision makers rely on accurate information about historic extreme rainfall events. IDF data are one important source of this information.

However, IDF information based solely on an analysis of historical data is not suitable for understanding future risks. Furthermore, because our climate is already changing, historical IDF data may not even be well suited for the pres­ent day.

We are very happy to announce the launch of new IDF data on that represent the influence of projected climate change. The new data have been computed using the temperature-scaling method outlined in this Learning Zone article.

Read more and access the data…

Learning Zone

Primer on Climate Change and Extreme Precipitation

Learn what current research suggests regarding extreme precipitation in a changing climate, and why ECCC recommends temperature scaling to estimate future extreme precipitation intensities.

Read more…

Highlights from the Blog

November 23, 2022

New on Climate Change-scaled IDF Data

We are very happy to announce the launch of new IDF data on that represent the influence of projected climate change.

Read more…

November 17, 2022

How climate data and information are being used to support adaptation and climate-informed decision making at Parks Canada

As part of a national effort to identify and address the risks associated with climate change, including flooding caused by extreme precipitation, Parks Canada approached the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) for help extracting relevant climate change data for trends and projections of key variables at each national park, national marine conservation area, and national historic site across Canada.

Read more…

What’s Coming Next?

Downscaled CMIP6 Projections

We are putting the final touches on new downscaled temperature and precipitation data, featuring CMIP6 model data!

The new dataset will introduce users to SSPs – shared socio-economic pathways – the latest suite of future scenarios. Our article on SSPs explains how these differ from the older RCP scenarios.

From our Regional Partners

The Indigenous Knowledges section of the Climate Atlas of Canada offers a unique suite of climate change maps, articles, and videos.

This map shows changes in the five-day maximum precipitation amounts under a high-carbon emissions scenario.

Zooming in to Kluane First Nation in the Yukon, you can see that climate models project that, on average, these heavy precipitation events will become 22% wetter near the end of this century. What impacts could this have on flooding in this area?

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