Purpose and Background of Survey

This survey is to help guide the development of the Agriculture Sector Module that is being developed for the ClimateData.ca Web portal by Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM), Ouranos, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC), the Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) and HabitatSeven.

ClimateData.ca is a climate information portal that enables Canadians to access, visualize, and analyze climate data, and provides related information and tools to support adaptation planning and decision-making. Our collaborative approach to providing climate services to Canadians aims to foster the development of a network of national and regional climate services providers which will support the ongoing provision of specialized information tailored to specific industry sectors.

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* 1. Please describe your occupational role:

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* 2. Which of these broad agricultural sector categories most applies to your field of work?

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* 3. Have your activities been impacted by climate variability (i.e. extreme weather, unpredictable growing season, etc.)? If so how?

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* 4. To support your daily work do you consult, or have you considered:

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* 5. In what form have you accessed future climate information? (Online platforms, consultants, academic researchers, etc.)

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* 6. Please explain the reason for visiting the sites or consulting future climate data resources. 

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* 7. The frequency of data usage:

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* 8. Do you have any specific comments about the sites being consulted? Are they useful? Do they provide the appropriate information and in the right format for your use?

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* 9. In your opinion, what purpose should an online climate information service serve for the agriculture sector? (to describe historical trends, to raise awareness about climate issues, to describe expected future climate conditions, to support decision making in light of climate changes, to support research gaps, etc.)

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* 10. Please name three issues that you believe are a priority for the agricultural sector in light of climate change:

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* 11. Have you participated in climate related impacts reporting through crowd sourcing networks (i.e. the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network, the Agroclimate Impact Reporter, other)? What would motivate you to participate in crowd sourcing of climate related impacts?

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* 12. Below we have grouped several climate indices that are linked to agriculture and that may be provided to users of the Climatedata.ca Portal; please assign a priority to each.  Where one (1) is a less-important priority and five (5) is a very high priority.
Note that many indicators can be calculated over different temporal scales (i.e. annually, monthly, and seasonally)

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* 13. Are there other climate indices that you use in practice or would like to see that are not on this list? Please record them below and assign them a priority (similar to above).

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* 14. What is the most useful format to have data presented in? (i.e. Maps, Tables) What is the most useful format for data to be downloaded in?

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* 15. Are there regional boundaries that would be useful to have downloadable data available by?

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* 16. Would you like to be involved in supporting the development of the Agriculture Sector Module for ClimateData.ca? If yes, please provide preferred contact information.

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* 17. Region of Work. (Check all that apply)

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