Data on Northwest Resources

Are you looking for data on Northwest natural resources or projected environmental conditions? This inventory of climate tools and data repositories, organized by topics of importance to the Northwest community, includes links to climate projections, vulnerability assessments, and climate adaptation databases that can help support local, landscape, or regional planning and adaptation efforts.

To contribute data products, tools, or links to this ongoing effort, please contact NW CASC Data Steward, Jeremy Kenyon (, 208-885-7955).

AdaptWest, powered by Data Basin, is a climate adaptation conservation planning database for western North America. The team is conducting a comprehensive comparison and synthesis of the many climate adaptation conservation planning approaches that have been developed, applying those approaches to the majority of western North America, and developing a spatial database from the results of these analyses.

This product from the U.S. Census Bureau provides access to data from the American Community Survey, American Housing Survey, Annual Economic Surveys, Decennial Census, Economics Census, and more.

The AKN – a partnership of numerous organizations including Point Blue Conservation Science, the Klamath Bird Observatory, and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory – has brought together bird-monitoring (point-count, area search, distance sampling, transect sampling, nest success), bird-banding, and broad-scale citizen-based bird-surveillance data. Numerous tools and datasets are available.

BISON is a collection of species occurrence data developed through a partnership of the USGS Core Science, Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries program and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The system organizes millions of species occurrence records onto an easy to use map interface.

In this database maintained by BirdLife International’s Global Species Programme, the Data Zone collates and analyses information on all the world’s birds in order to set priorities for action, through species-specific initiatives, safeguarding of sites, campaigns and policy interventions. BirdLife is the IUCN Red List authority for birds, classifying species in terms of the risk of extinction.

CAKE aims to build a shared knowledge base for managing natural and built systems in the face of rapid climate change. It consists of case studies, a virtual library, and directories of people and tools.

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington has developed hydro-climatic data at various spatial scales to apply to research, management and decision-making processes. This page also includes data for the region from other sources that the CIG finds valuable and has used in its climate impacts research.  Each dataset is given extensive explanation and is available in a variety of formats.

The Global Climate Change Viewer (GCCV) is used to visualize future temperature and precipitation changes simulated by global climate models in the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5). The application allows the user to visualize projected climate change (temperature and precipitation) for each country, for all available models and all Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP) emission scenarios (2.6, 4.5, 6.0 and 8.5).

Archived and distributed through the ORNL DAAC, the Daymet data set provides gridded estimates of daily weather parameters for North America, including daily continuous surfaces of minimum and maximum temperature, precipitation occurrence and amount, humidity, shortwave radiation, snow water equivalent, and day length. The daily time step, 1 km x 1 km spatial resolution, and North American spatial extent of the data set makes it a unique and valuable contribution to scientific, research, and educational communities. 

This archive contains fine spatial resolution translations of climate projections over the contiguous United States (U.S.) developed using two downscaling techniques (monthly BCSD Figure 1, and daily BCCA Figure 2), CMIP3 hydrologic projections over the western U.S. (roughly the western U.S. Figure 3), and CMIP5 hydrology projections over the contiguous U.S. corresponding to monthly BCSD climate projections.