About Us

The Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC), Canada’s first regional climate service, was launched in March 2000 with support from the Governments of Canada and the three Prairie Provinces. In 2004, PARC became a research centre of the University of Regina. PARC’s mandate is scientific research that delivers practical and regionally relevant climate data, information and knowledge in support of adaptation to climate variability and change. PARC also provides university education and professional development in the emerging fields of climate change science and impact assessment.

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Research Projects

PARC has undertaken research on climate change science, impacts and adaption for government agencies, municipalities, First Nations and private industry. Click on the links below to access information about our past, recent and current projects.

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Future Climate of the North Saskatchewan River Basin above Edmonton

Forest Fire Management Adaptation to Climate Change in the Prairie Provinces

High-Resolution Climate Projections

Alberta Crop Suitability Modeling


PARC has supported or undertaken more than 100 research projections and our researchers have given more than 400 presentations. Our web site provides access a large number of project reports, scientific papers, summary documents, and presentations.

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Tree-Ring Lab

PARC includes the University of Regina Tree-Ring Lab. Our tree-ring data from the Rocky Mountain and northern plains have enabled us to reconstruct the climate and hydrology of the past millennium. This record of the long-term natural variability of the regional hydroclimate informs our understanding of projections of future climate, the reference hydrology and climate derived from instrumental records, and conventional water management and planning that assumes a sufficient and stationary water supply.

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