NOTE: CICS Operated from 1993-2006. These pages document the projects undertaken while it was active, but the site is not actively maintained and the tools are not supported. In 2006, CICS became the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.

Climate Research Network



The Climate Research Network operated from 1993 until 2001. It was established by the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) of Environment Canada as part of the Federal Government's Green Plan. Its activities were included as one of Canada's scientific commitments in the National Action Program on Climate Change tabled with the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change. In these commitments, Canada undertook to contribute research to the World Climate Research Programme to provide more complete answers to a number of key policy questions. In September of 1995 the MSC entered into an agreement with the University of Victoria and through it the Canadian Institute for Climate Studies to coordinate the work of the Climate Research Network for a period of two years ending in March 1997. Subsequent contribution agreements to manage the network, including the establishment of a more independent Scientific Advisory Panel to advise CICS and a Network Support Group to be run by CICS, were signed annually in March each year for the following April through March period. This report covers highlights of the scientific achievements of the network as required by the agreements.


The research agenda for the Climate Research Network was established in 1993-94 by a Scientific Advisory Panel created for this purpose by the Meteorological Service of Canada. The panel composed of respected Canadian scientists working in the field of climate research from both government and academic institutions, was reconstituted with broadened membership as an advisory body to CICS in 1998. The scientific priorities are:
  1. Develop computer models of the climate system that can:
    • provide regional scale (50 km resolution) information;
    • take into account the dynamic interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere;
    • incorporate chemical processes;
    • simulate the climates of previous epochs;
    • incorporate an exchange of carbon between the atmosphere and the land/ocean surface; and
    • resolve eddies in regional-scale ocean circulation.
  2. Understand a range of processes that need to be incorporated in climate models including:
    • how the atmosphere interacts with land surfaces;
    • the role of clouds, aerosols and radiation.
  3. Assess the nature of climatic variability on a variety of time scales.

CRN Research Nodes

These above priorities were accomplished through the following research nodes:

  1. Regional Scale Atmospheric Models
  2. Global Ocean Circulation Models
  3. Middle Atmosphere Models
  4. Palaeoclimate Models
  5. Carbon Cycle Models
  6. Regional Scale Ocean Models
  7. Land Surface Processes
  8. Variability
  9. Aerosols

CRN Reports

Annual reports

These reports, written by the Canadian Institute for Climate Studies' Manager, Research, summarize the year's scientific findings of all CRN nodes.

Principal investigators annual reports

Periodical Reports

For further information please contact The Canadian Institute for Climate Studies' Manager, Research.

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