Maps and Data
Climate data for different regions, time periods and global climate models are available in this "Maps and Data" section of ecoshare.
For more information about the background of this project, please go to the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) report “Regional Climate and Hydrologic Change in the Northern US Rockies and Pacific Northwest: Internally Consistent Projections of Future Climate for Resource Management” by Littell et al found here.
Use the Climate Change GeoBrowser developed by the Western Wildlands Environmental Threat Center to explore the map data.
Getting Started with the Climate Change Projection Maps
In the "Maps" menu to the right, static maps (for use in presentations or documents) are available. Gridded data (for use in GIS software) are available for download under the "Data" menu. The maps are intended for people who merely want to see general expected changes, or who want to illustrate to others where changes may occur. The gridded data are intended for people who use GIS software and want to extract data for specific areas of interest. Both are intended to be used by resource managers to understand anticipated climatic change in the Region and may be used in documents and publications.
Static maps are currently available for the entire CIG study area, which covers most of the western United States (W US), as well as for those portions of the full study area that fall within USDA Forest Service Region 1 (R1) and Region 6 (R6). R6 covers Oregon and Washington; R1 covers NE Washington, N Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and NW South Dakota; and W US covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. There are currently three time periods available for maps: 1) historic climate data for the time period 1916-2006, derived from weather station records; 2) projected climate data for mid-century (2030-2059); and 3) projected climate data for late century (2070-2099).
For more information, consult the following guide. It's a good way to get oriented and understand how to use the maps.