Climate Related Monitoring Program

The Climate Related Monitoring Program (CRMP) is a cooperative effort among provincial ministries and weather observing agencies in B.C. This page links to information about meteorological networks maintained by partners in the Province’s Agreement on Management of Meteorological Networks (PDF). Climate data from this program may be accessed at the Provincial Climate Data Set. The CRMP also collaborates with Environment and Climate Change Canada

Under this agreement, the province is working with BC Hydro, Rio Tinto, and the Capital and Metro Vanocouver Regional Districts to make long term meteorological data available for professionals involved in climate change analysis and adaptation through portals and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.

Station Information

A major part of the CRMP program is tracking the network of observation stations currently operating in British Columbia. These data are provided here to enable an understanding of network coverage in regions of interest. Efforts are made to keep this list current, but station operated by agencies that are not a part of the CRMP agreement are not included. Users are encouraged to communicate with local agencies to gain access to any additional local data.

 

The following information is provided for each data point located on the map (where available):

  • Latitude/Longitude - decimal degrees
  • Elevation (m ASL)Agency - Responsible or supporting agency for a particular station and may support operations in one or more networks. Agencies participating include:
    • AGRI – Ministry of Agriculture
    • ECCC – Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • ENV- Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
    • FLNR- Forests Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
    • TRAN – Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
    • BC Hydro
    • RT – Rio Tinto
    • MVRD – MetroVancouver Regional District
    • CRD – Capital Regional District
  • Identifier - Agency Station code (may be blank)
  • Name - Station name
  • Site Information - Details about the site location or operation
  • Commissioned - Date that the station was operational (may be blank)
  • Contact Name and Phone - Contact for the responsible agency (may be blank)
  • Data URL - Online access portal if available
  • Meteorological or Hydrometric Parameters Measured
    • BP - Barometric Pressure (may not be tied to local standard pressure)
    • H - Humidity
    • Kd[down Arrow] - Downwelling Solar Radiation
    • P - Precipitation
    • P(Detector) - Precipitation Detector
    • P(Standpipe) - Precipitation as measured through a Standpipe - All season but most accurate in winter.
    • P(TBRG) - Precipitation as measured through a Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge - most equipped for summer operations.
    • P(P2) - Precipitation as measured through an OTT Pluvio II weighing gauge.
    • P(AS) - All Season Precipitation (unknown sensor)
    • PAR - Photosynthetically Active Radiation.
    • Qg - Ground Heat Flux
    • Q* - Net (Longwave and Solar) Radiation
    • SD - Snow Depth
    • SWE - Snow water equivalent as measured by a snow pillow or scale.
    • Ta - Air Temperature
    • Tn - Minimum Air Temperature
    • Ts - Surface Temperature
    • Tw - Water Temperature
    • Tx - Maximum Air Temperature
    • WSD - Wind Speed and Direction
    • QR - Discharge
    • QR (Reg) - regulated discharge
    • HG - Water Level
    • Tw - Water Temperature
    • WTrb - Water Turbidity
    • HG - Water Level
 

Supporting Networks and Agencies

  • Ministry of Agriculture - AGRI - working in collaboration with a number of privately maintained networks
  • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy - ENV
    • Automated Snow Weather Station Network (ASWS)
    • Air Quality Network (AQ)
  • FLNR - Forests Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
    • Forest Ecosystem Research Network (FERN)
    • Ecosystems research network supported by Stephen Dery of UNBC (FERN-UNBC)
    • BC Timber Sales (BCTS)
    • BC Wildfire Service (BCWS)
  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (TRAN)
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • BC Hydro
  • RT - Rio Tinto
  • MVRD – Metro Vancouver Regional District
    • Water Services
    • Air Quality
  • CRD - Capital Regional District