Regional online climate science resource expands
New environmental and climate data plus new digital tools are available on the Columbia Basin Climate Source website, www.basinclimatesource.ca. The website is a resource for Basin and Boundary communities to access reliable information on the region’s climate, possible future impacts to the environment and communities, and how people and organizations can proactively respond.
“Basin residents and communities have told us that having access to local and credible information around how the local environment and climate are changing is important to support decision-making and responding in an effective way,” said Brianna Burley, Manager, Environment with Columbia Basin Trust. “Climate resilience is an integrated priority in the Trust’s work, and we look forward to seeing the impact this information from the Columbia Basin Climate Source will have in our region over time.”
The Climate Data Tool on the website has been enhanced to improve the presentation of data for over 40 climate variables in an easy-to-use format. Through data, videos, maps and more, the website offers information to help users understand the data and make better informed decisions locally. The website will be featured as part of an online climate conference taking place March 4 to 5 called Bridging Silos, and being hosted by the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute.
“Selkirk College is proud to support the Trust’s efforts to advance climate resilience in the region,” said Lauren Rethoret, Coordinator of the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute and one of the Selkirk College researchers who developed the Columbia Basin Climate Source. “We’ve recently updated content on the site and welcome input from residents and organizations about how we can make this an even more valuable resource going forward.”
Local governments, First Nations communities, regional planners, policymakers, educators and media as well as local residents are encouraged to visit the updated online resources. Those engaged in climate action projects in the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions can also have their project included in future updates by filling out the Columbia Basin Climate Source Action Database form.
The Columbia Basin Climate Source is an initiative of Columbia Basin Trust, developed and maintained by Selkirk College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre, and guided by a diverse project advisory group.
Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit ourtrust.org or call 1-800-505-8998.
Columbia Basin Trust operates in the unceded traditional territories of the Ktunaxa, Lheidli T’enneh, Secwepemc, Sinixt and Syilx Nations.
Lead image: Basin and Boundary community residents have access to new and additional regional climate information and data with an expansion to the Columbia Basin Climate Source website. Image submitted
Columbia Basin Trust