Climate Moisture Index for Canada - Short-term (2011-2040) under RCP 8.5 Drought is a deficiency in precipitation over an extended period, usually a season or more, resulting in a water shortage that has adverse impacts on vegetation, animals and/or people. The Climate Moisture Index (CMI) was calculated as the difference between annual precipitation and potential evapotranspiration (PET) – the potential loss of water vapour from a landscape covered by vegetation. Positive CMI values indicate wet or moist conditions and show that precipitation is sufficient to sustain a closed-canopy forest. Negative CMI values indicate dry conditions that, at best, can support discontinuous parkland-type forests. The CMI is well suited to evaluating moisture conditions in dry regions such as the Prairie Provinces and has been used for other ecological studies. Mean annual potential evapotranspiration (PET) was estimated for 30-year periods using the modified Penman-Monteith formulation of Hogg (1997), based on monthly 10-km gridded temperature data. Data shown on maps are 30-year averages. Historical values of CMI (1981-2010) were created by averaging annual CMI calculated from interpolated monthly temperature and precipitation data produced from climate station records. Future values of CMI were projected from downscaled monthly values of temperature and precipitation simulated using the Canadian Earth System Model version 2 (CanESM2) for multiple RCP radiative forcing scenarios. Provided layer: Climate moisture index (CMI) - Future projections using RCP 8.5 for 2011-2040. Reference: Hogg, E.H. 1997. Temporal scaling of moisture and the forest-grassland boundary in western Canada. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 84,115–122. 2016-01-01 2019-09-10 Natural Resources Canada nrcan.forestchange-changementsforestiers.rncan@canada.ca Nature and EnvironmentScience and TechnologyClimate Moisture Index; drought; moisture; precipitation; evapotranspirationClimateClimate change Climate Moisture Index under RCP 8.5 - Short-term [2011-2040] (Layer)WMS https://webservices.maps.canada.ca/arcgis/services/NRCan/climate_moisture_index_en/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS&layers=3&legend_format=image/png&feature_info_type=text/html Indice d'humidité climatique selon le RCP 8.5 - Court terme [2011-2040] (Layer)WMS https://webservices.maps.canada.ca/arcgis/services/NRCan/climate_moisture_index_fr/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS&layers=3&legend_format=image/png&feature_info_type=text/html Climate Moisture Index (English)FGDB/GDB http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/Climate_Climat/climate_moisture_index/climate_moisture_index_en.gdb.zip Climate Moisture Index (French)FGDB/GDB http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/Climate_Climat/climate_moisture_index/climate_moisture_index_fr.gdb.zip Forest Change Data CatalogueTIFF http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/fc-data-catalogue/read/1 Climate Moisture Index under RCP 8.5 - Short-term [2011-2040]ESRI REST https://webservices.maps.canada.ca/arcgis/rest/services/NRCan/climate_moisture_index_en/MapServer/1 Indice d'humidité climatique selon le RCP 8.5 - Court terme [2011-2040]ESRI REST https://webservices.maps.canada.ca/arcgis/rest/services/NRCan/climate_moisture_index_fr/MapServer/1 Climate Moisture Index (English)MXD http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/Climate_Climat/climate_moisture_index/climate_moisture_index_en.mxd Climate Moisture Index (French)MXD http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/Climate_Climat/climate_moisture_index/climate_moisture_index_fr.mxd

Climate Moisture Index for Canada - Short-term (2011-2040) under RCP 8.5

Drought is a deficiency in precipitation over an extended period, usually a season or more, resulting in a water shortage that has adverse impacts on vegetation, animals and/or people.

The Climate Moisture Index (CMI) was calculated as the difference between annual precipitation and potential evapotranspiration (PET) – the potential loss of water vapour from a landscape covered by vegetation. Positive CMI values indicate wet or moist conditions and show that precipitation is sufficient to sustain a closed-canopy forest. Negative CMI values indicate dry conditions that, at best, can support discontinuous parkland-type forests. The CMI is well suited to evaluating moisture conditions in dry regions such as the Prairie Provinces and has been used for other ecological studies.

Mean annual potential evapotranspiration (PET) was estimated for 30-year periods using the modified Penman-Monteith formulation of Hogg (1997), based on monthly 10-km gridded temperature data. Data shown on maps are 30-year averages.

Historical values of CMI (1981-2010) were created by averaging annual CMI calculated from interpolated monthly temperature and precipitation data produced from climate station records. Future values of CMI were projected from downscaled monthly values of temperature and precipitation simulated using the Canadian Earth System Model version 2 (CanESM2) for multiple RCP radiative forcing scenarios.

Provided layer: Climate moisture index (CMI) - Future projections using RCP 8.5 for 2011-2040.

Reference: Hogg, E.H. 1997. Temporal scaling of moisture and the forest-grassland boundary in western Canada. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 84,115–122.

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Climate Moisture Index under RCP 8.5 - Short-term [2011-2040] (Layer) Web Service WMS English Access
Indice d'humidité climatique selon le RCP 8.5 - Court terme [2011-2040] (Layer) Web Service WMS French Access
Climate Moisture Index (English) Dataset FGDB/GDB English Access
Climate Moisture Index (French) Dataset FGDB/GDB French Access
Forest Change Data Catalogue Dataset TIFF No linguistic content; Not applicable Access
Climate Moisture Index under RCP 8.5 - Short-term [2011-2040] Web Service ESRI REST English Access
Indice d'humidité climatique selon le RCP 8.5 - Court terme [2011-2040] Web Service ESRI REST French Access
Climate Moisture Index (English) Guide MXD English Access
Climate Moisture Index (French) Guide MXD French Access

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