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PCIC Climate Explorer

About this Tool

PCIC's Climate Explorer (PCEX) is a tool for locating, visualizing and downloading data describing projected future climate conditions for regions of interest within the Pacific and Yukon Region. PCEX uses global climate model output from the fifth and sixth phases of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5 and CMIP6), BCCAQv2 10-kilometre resolution downscaled data, and the CLIMDEX indices of climate extremes, with a daily time resolution. PCEX provides visualizations in the form of maps and graphs  

This Tool:

PCIC's Climate Explorer allows users to:

  • Select data from a dozen global climate models, three greenhouse-gas emissions scenarios, and many variables including temperature, precipitation, and climate indices
  • Select a specific time horizon (e.g., 2050s, 2080s, etc.) for output from each GCM
  • Define your specific region of interest and generate maps, plots, and data downloads pertaining to the area you specify
  • Generate maps showing projected changes for a specific region using downscaled data and generated climate extremes indices from each GCM
  • Compare specific climate variables for each GCM with the results from all of the other models to provide context for each individual model's results
  • Plot how climate variables change over time for each GCM
  • Display box plots for each future climate projection for the GCM

Intended Users

PCIC's Climate Explorer is a modern replacement for the Regional Analysis Tool (which has been discontinued) and is a more sophisticated complement to PCIC's Plan2Adapt tool. With a more complex user interface and greater number of configurable options, the Climate Explorer is designed to serve the needs of technical users who need climate change information for engineering and impact studies.

Training Resources

Use the following links for help on how to use the PCEX Tool:

Watch a video tour of the basic features of PCEX, including the type of data available, data sets and filters.

Watch a video tutorial demonstrating more advanced features of PCEX, including the display of maps and graphs, selecting a specific region and interpreting the results (for the specific example of the 1-in-50 return period of maximum daily precipitation).


The data provided has been obtained from a variety of sources and is provided as a public service by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium. It is provided by the Consortium on an “AS IS” basis without any warranty or representation, express or implied, as to its accuracy or completeness. Any reliance you place upon the information contained here is your sole responsibility and is strictly at your own risk. In no event will the Consortium be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, arising from reliance upon the data or derived information.