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  • Posted: February 11, 2022

    PCIC is pleased to announce the release of its latest Strategic Plan, for the 2021-2025 period. This plan was developed in consultation with external and internal stakeholders and staff to ensure that PCIC’s work is directed toward meeting the needs of its users.  The new Strategic Plan document lays out PCIC’s mission, service objectives and strategic goals.

  • Posted: January 11, 2022

    PCIC is pleased to announce the release of our next PCIC Science Brief. The new Science Brief examines trends in Canadian snow cover and depth. As the climate warms, the Earth's cryosphere, comprised of snow, ice and frozen soil, including permafrost, has been shrinking.

  • Posted: December 7, 2021

    A report released today by The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario examines the costs of three climate impacts on Ontario’s public buildings: extreme rainfall, extreme heat and freeze-thaw cycles.

  • Posted: December 2, 2021

    Output from the newest generation of climate models participating in the sixth phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) is now available. These new models have updated representations of physical processes and will gradually supersede the CMIP5 output used in scientific research.

  • Posted: November 29, 2021

    The November 2021 issue of the PCIC Update is now out. It covers the following stories: Atmospheric River Brings Heavy Rains and Flooding to BC, PCIC Responds to Media Requests Regarding Recent Flooding, Comparing Climate Model Projections Across Canada, Modelling the Temperature of the Nechako, and Transportation Module on

  • Posted: November 27, 2021

    Throughout the recent atmospheric river event and the flooding that accompanied it, PCIC’s research team has been answering media requests, to share their knowledge of the climate system with the general public and place the recent atmospheric river event in the context of our current understanding of the climate system. In addition to the interviews and comments provided by PCIC Director Dr... more

  • Posted: November 21, 2021

    PCIC Director Francis Zwiers is among seven UVic researchers who were recently recognised by Clarivate Web of Science as among the most highly-cited researchers in their fields. The researchers recognised have published papers that are in the top one percent of the most-cited papers in their fields.

  • Posted: November 17, 2021

    Following a powerful atmospheric river event that broke at least 20 rainfall records across southern BC, PCIC Director Francis Zwiers was one of several experts contacted by the Canadian Press to provide some comments on the situation. Dr.

  • Posted: October 25, 2021

    This issue of the PCIC Update opens with the story, Assessing Changing Flood Risk, which covers a recent pilot project that PCIC has undertaken to provide guidance on design flood values.

  • Posted: October 13, 2021

    The Nobel Prize in Physics was recently awarded to three scientists whose work increased humanity’s understanding of complex systems: Drs. Syukuro Manabe of Princeton Universtiy, Klaus Hasselmann of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and Giorgo Parisi of Sapienza University. The inclusion of Drs.