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About Climate Research

Environment Canada’s climate research program is an integral part of national and international efforts to understand climate system behaviour, the human influence on climate, and future climate change. The results and knowledge produced from these activities provide the scientific basis for services to Canadians and for the development of timely actions to confront the challenges of climate change.

We work with scientists in other federal departments and provincial governments, and with colleagues in universities and research centres in Canada and abroad.  Our focus is on the generation and dissemination of scientific knowledge needed to resolve climate-related issues of regional, national and international significance to Canada.

Staff are located primarily at:

  • The Environment Canada building and the Andrew Thomson Laboratories at 4905 Dufferin Street (Toronto, ON)
  • The Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis on the campus of the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC). 

Staff also work at several other locations across the country, including

  • The National Hydrology Research Centre (Saskatoon, SK)
  • Environment Canada- Atlantic Region (Dartmouth, NS)
  • OURANOS (Montreal, QC)
  • Alert Global Atmosphere Watch Laboratory (Alert, NU)
Carbon Dioxide flasks
Athabasca Glacier
Analyzing air samples for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
The Athabasca glacier, in the Rocky Mountains, is receding rapidly.
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