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).

LANDFIRE, Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools, is a shared program between the wildland fire management programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior, providing landscape scale geo-spatial products to support cross-boundary planning, management, and operations.

The Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal, LC MAP, provides a collaborative virtual workspace allowing partners of the Great Northern LCC to securely share, access, and analyze common datasets and information to further coordinated research, management, and resource conservation. LC MAP supports large landscape conservation in several ways

The Multivariate Adaptive Constructed Analogs (MACA) (Abatzoglou, Brown, 2011) method is a statistical downscaling method which utilizes a training dataset (i.e. a meteorological observation dataset) to remove historical biases and match spatial patterns in climate model output.  The MACA dataset is unique in that it downscales a large set of variables making it ideal for different kinds of modeling of future climate (i.e. hydrology, ecology, vegetation, fire, wind).  There are many methods available to access the data.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers time series for small areas (~200 km x ~200 km) from the MODIS satellite (Leaf-area index, normalized differential vegetation index, albedo, Gross primary productivity, photosynthesis).  Their tools will generate the subset for a selected area, convert to a text / ASCII format and provide some time series visualizations.

The Mountain Hydrology Research group at the University of Washington provides data and tools to understand spatial patterns of snow accumulation, snowmelt, and streamflow in complex terrain, particularly as they relate to changes in weather and climate. Extensive explanatory documentation accompanies each dataset.

The NASA Earth Exchange Global Daily Downscaled Projections (NEX-GDDP) dataset is comprised of downscaled climate scenarios for the globe that are derived from the CMIP5 GCM runs developed in support of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5). The data contains maximum temperature, minimum temperature and precipitation.  It is available over FTP and through a THREDDS catalog.

Climate Data Online (CDO) is managed by NOAA and provides free access to NCDC's archive of global historical weather and climate data in addition to station history information. The website provides mapping tools that allows you to download data at various spatial scales.

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), located in Boise, Idaho, is the nation's support center for wildland firefighting. Eight different agencies and organizations are part of NIFC. The statistics section covers historical fire information as well as summaries of various fires.

NOAA’s Climate Monitoring mission is to monitor and assess the state of the Earth's climate in near real-time, providing decision-makers at all levels of the public and private sectors with data and information on climate trends and variability. Links include records of and trends in extreme weather and snow and ice data products. Products include various visual representations of climate change, summaries, and easy-to-understand interpretations of climatic activity.

NOAA provides snow and ice data and products, including snow depth and cover maps.