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).

The BBS is a cooperative effort between the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Environment Canada's Canadian Wildlife Service to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by thousands of dedicated participants along thousands of randomly established roadside routes throughout the continent.

The North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) is a data discovery, visualization, and analytical platform for stakeholders throughout the NPLCC area. With the CPA you can search for spatial datasets, visualize NPLCC supported projects, and learn more about landscape scale conservation science and design in the region.

Northwest River Forecast Center is one of 13 National Weather Service hydrologic centers maintained by NOAA in the United States. This office specializes in flood and water resource forecasting, river modeling, and hydrologic system development. It works with water management agencies to provide the best possible operations of the Columbia reservoir systems. 

The NorWeST webpage hosts stream temperature data and geospatial map outputs from a regional temperature model for the Northwest U.S. The temperature database was compiled from hundreds of biologists and hydrologists working for dozens of resource agencies and contains more than 45,000,000 hourly temperature recordings at more than 15,000 unique stream sites.

As part of the NWCSC-funded Integrated Scenarios project, the Conservation Biology Institute produced visualizations of the data across all ecoregions in the Northwest. These visualizations cover 20 global climate models and two Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP) scenarios.  See also NW CSC project data.

In this database maintained by Point Blue Conservation Science, maps are provided on the potential effects of climate change on bird communities. Climate models are combined with bird data, provided by the Avian Knowledge Network.

The project is developing a digital database of inherent climate‐change sensitivities for species and habitats of concern throughout the Pacific Northwest and will promote convenient analysis and illustration of possible effects at various landscape scales. The study area covers Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Panoply is a cross-platform application offered by NASA that plots geo-gridded and other arrays from netCDF, HDF, GRIB, and other datasets. With Panoply 4 you can: slice and plot arrays from larger multidimensional variables, combine two geo-gridded arrays in one plot by differencing, summing or averaging, plot lon-lat data on a global or regional map using any of over 100 map projections or make a zonal average line plot, save plots as numerous file types, and more.

The PRISM Climate Group gathers climate observations from a wide range of monitoring networks, applies sophisticated quality control measures, and develops spatial climate datasets to reveal short- and long-term climate patterns. The resulting datasets incorporate a variety of modeling techniques and are available at multiple spatial/temporal resolutions, covering the period from 1895 to the present.

The Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) is a geodatabase that illustrates and describes public land ownership, management and conservation lands nationally, including voluntarily provided privately protected areas. The lands included in PAD-US are assigned conservation measures that qualify their intent to manage lands for the preservation of biological diversity and to other natural, recreational and cultural uses; managed for these purposes through legal or other effective means.