Climate Related Monitoring Program

Climate monitoring equipment

The Climate Related Monitoring Program (CRMP) is a cooperative effort amongst hydrometeorological (weather) network operators in Provincial, Regional and Federal Governments and other weather observing agencies in B.C. These network operators have agreed to formally collaborate in operations and data sharing under the Province’s Amended and Restated Agreement on Management of Hydrometeorological Networks (PDF).

Climate data resulting from this collaboration may be accessed at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium’s (PCIC) website which also contains near real-time and historic hydrometeorological time series data. Data collected by Federal, Provincial and other monitoring programs is contained in PCIC’s Pacific Climate Data Set dating back to the 1890s.

Station information

A major part of the CRMP is tracking the network of hydrometeorological observation stations currently operating in British Columbia. Information about the networks and monitoring locations is accessible through the BC Data Catalogue and iMapBC. Efforts are made to keep the information current, however stations operated by agencies that are not a part of the CRMP agreement are not always included. Users are encouraged to communicate with local agencies to gain access to any additional local data and site information.

When seeking information through iMapBC, search for active and inactive meteorological stations.

Projects underway with CRMP participation include:

  • Participation in national standards development for:
  • Improvements to winter precipitation monitoring technology applied in British Columbia
  • Defining gaps in provincial climate monitoring
  • Improvements to data quality and availability
  • Training on monitoring network operations and planning
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries working in collaboration with a privately maintained network
  • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
    • Automated Snow Weather Station Network
    • Air Quality Network
  • Ministry of Forests Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
    • Forest Ecosystem Research Network
    • Ecosystems research network supported by UNBC
    • BC Timber Sales
    • BC Wildfire Service
  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • BC Hydro
  • Rio Tinto
  • Metro Vancouver Regional District
    • Water Services
    • Air Quality and Climate Change
  • Capital Regional District