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Northwest Research and Data Overview

The effects of climate change are evident in Alaska and the Northwest through sea level rise, reduction of permafrost, changes in growing season length, and increases in wildfires. Forest owners, tribal nations, ranchers, and farmers can manage their lands by taking practical actions to reduce the impacts of climate change as well as taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change.  


Scientists explaining research: Climate, wildfire, and erosion ensemble foretells more sediment in western USA watersheds, USGS & USU Extension

Data/Data visualization


AdaptWest is a climate adaptation conservation planning atlas for western North America. AdaptWest is a spatial database and synthesis of methods for conservation planning aimed at enhancing resilience and adaptation potential of natural systems under climate change.

Climate Mapper and the Northwest Climate Toolbox

The Climate Mapper is a web-based application that allows users to explore a number of key climate variables that will impact agricultural production in the region. The Climate Mapper provides downscaled climate data and derived climate metrics including cold hardiness, growing degree days, and reference evapotranspiration that may be useful for agricultural decision making. The Northwest Climate Hub partnered with colleagues at University of Idaho, the Northwest Knowledge Network and Oregon State University to develop the Climate Mapper, which is now part of a suite of tools hosted by the Northwest Climate Toolbox.


ClimateWNA is a program to generate high-resolution climate date for climate cahnge studies and applications in western North America and British Columbia. ClimateWNA has both historical weather station data and regional modeling to predict future climate in the Northwest. 

Integrated Scenarios

Integrated Scenarios has a suite of visualization tools to view spatial maps of projections of select Integrated Scenarios data over seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall, annual), over early/mid/late 21st century for the individual global climate models and the multi-model mean, streamflow projections, climate projections as a scatterplot, boxplot, or timeseries, and vegetation summaries via DataBasin.  

State Climate Summary

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s climate summaries by state for Alaska (pdf), Idaho (pdf), Oregon (pdf), Washington (pdf)

Western Regional Climate Center

Western Regional Climate Center provides climate services for the western United States by acting as a repository of historical climate data and information, disseminating high quality climate data and information pertaining to the western United States, engaging in applied research related to climate issues and improving the coordination of climate-related activities at state, regional and national scales. The Western Regional Climate Center works with NOAA partners in the National Climatic Data Center, National Weather Service, the American Association of State Climatologists, the Regional Sciences and Assessment Program, and other NOAA Research Institutes. We also partner with the Department of Interior Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

WWETAC Threat mapping and data mining tools

Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC)'s Threat and Resource Mapping Applications is a series of web maps and tools can be used to explore relationships between wildland threats and high value resources, or to focus on a specific topic such as phenology, seed zones, or climate change. WWETAC is committed to providing tools to visualize wildland threats and the resources they potentially affect using the latest geospatial technology.