2015

ECO Climate Data Roundtable

Climate Data & Information in Ontario

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Climate data – projections about what the future climate will look like in terms of temperature, precipitation, etc. – helps a variety of end users, including governments and companies, make more climate resilient long-term investment decisions.

However, in Ontario, access to such data data is a key policy challenge. Many end users in Ontario don’t know where to find the data, or how to use it in a scientifically sound way, meaning that many capital spending decisions are being made without regard to the changing climate.

In January, 2015, the ECO brought together a range of stakeholders and experts for a one-day roundtable, with the goal of exploring the needs of climate data end users and providers, the opportunities and barriers to greater uptake of climate information, and potential governance models to help move towards appropriate solutions in Ontario.

The roundtable consisted of a series of presentations followed by small-group discussions. The invited participants came from federal, provincial, municipal and regional governments, academia, conservation authorities, companies, environmental organizations, and industry associations, and every effort was made to ensure a diversity of views at each table.

The day was organized into three main themes:

  • Climate Data User Needs, focused on understanding the current state of climate data and information in Ontario, and the challenges end users face in using and accessing this data.
  • Future Directions for Climate Data, focused on exploring current climate data initiatives by various levels of government and academia, and how they could better meet the needs of end users.
  • Governance Models, focused on the role of the private and public sector in delivering climate data to end users in a more accessible format. It also explored the governance models of climate services organizations in other jurisdictions and how applicable they may be to Ontario.
Documents and Downloads

Climate Data User Needs The Current State of Climate Information and Data in Ontario
Perspectives on Climate Data and Information in Ontario

Ryan Ness, Senior Manager, Ontario Climate Consortium/Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

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Video

Experiences and Needs of Climate Data Users
Engineering Climate Data and Info Needs to Improve Infrastructure Resilience to Changing Climate

David Lapp, Manager of Professional Practice, Engineers Canada

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Video

Toronto’s Weather Information Needs

David MacLeod, Senior Environmental Specialist, City of Toronto

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Video

Climate Data Use in Small and Medium Communities

Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI Canada

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Future Directions
for
Climate Data
Select Current Climate Data Initiatives
Environment Canada’s Climate Data and Scenarios

Kevin Anderson, PhD, Climate Science and Services Advisor, Environment Canada

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OPS High-Resolution Regional Climate Modelling In Support of Adaptation

Ian Smith, Director, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

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Climate Change Data Projections for Ontario & the Great Lakes Basin

Professor Richard Peltier, Director of Centre for Global Change Science, Scientific Director of SciNet, University of Toronto

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Governance Models Role of the Private Sectors
The Role of the Private Sector in Climate Change Data

Joe Greenwood, Program Director, MaRS Data Catalyst

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Enabling Access to & Unlocking Value from Electricity Data: A Green Button Case Study

Sasha Sud, Energy Data Project Manager, MaRS Data Catalyst

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Ontario Green Button Video

Role of the Private Sector

Alex Miller, President, Esri Canada

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Adapting to Flood Risk in Canada

Rob Wesseling, EVP, Co-Operators & COO, Sovereign General Insurance Company

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Governance Models in Other Jurisdictions
The Ouranos Consortium on Regional Climatology & Adaptation to Climate Change

Alain Bourque, CEO, OURANOS (Québec)

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Climate Data Development & Dissemination in the Great Lakes Region

Elizabeth Gibbons, Director, University of Michigan Climate Center/Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments (U.S.)

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Please note: the views expressed by the speakers may not necessarily always reflect the views of the organizations they represent.

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