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Collaborative Climate and Meteorological Monitoring in BC - Ted Weick, BC Ministry of Environment

Overview of the the Climate Related Monitoring Program in BC and how researchers can be involved.

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Collaborative Climate and Meteorological Monitoring in BC - Ted Weick, BC Ministry of Environment

  1. 1. CRMP – Collaborative Climate and Meteorological Monitoring in British Columbia Ted.Weick@gov.bc.ca Environmental and Climate Monitoring Section Knowledge Management Branch
  2. 2. • What, Why, Who (w/history), How • Challenges • What can you do?
  3. 3. What? Sustainable climate data to serve the citizens of British Columbia. The purpose of the CRMP is to enhance coverage, completeness and access to climate information for the Province of British Columbia by leveraging data and operations of existing operational meteorological networks within and adjacent to the Province.
  4. 4. Why?
  5. 5. Who? • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV): – Snow Program (ASWS) – Air Quality (AQ) • Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD): – BC Wildfire Service (FWx) – Regional Climatologists (Forest Ecosystems Research Networks, FERN) with connections to UNBC • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (TRAN): – Avalanche and Weather Programs • BC Hydro (BCH) • Ministry of Agriculture (AGRI): – Partnership w/ADCON supporting Farmwest.com • Rio Tinto (RT) • Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) – Pacific Climate Data Set • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) • Capital Regional District (CRD) • Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) – Parks and Planning – Water Services
  6. 6. Pre 2010 – BC Hydro Met Committee • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV): – Snow Program (ASWS) – Air Quality (AQ) • Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD): – BC Wildfire Service (FWx) – Regional Climatologists (Forest Ecosystems Research Networks, FERN) with connections to UNBC • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (TRAN): – Avalanche and Weather Programs • BC Hydro (BCH) • Ministry of Agriculture (AGRI): – Adcon Partnership supporting Farmwest.com • Rio Tinto (RT) • Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) – Pacific Climate Data Set • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) • Capital Regional District (CRD) • Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) – Parks and Planning – Water Services
  7. 7. CRMP Agreement I (2010-2018) • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV): – Snow Program (ASWS) – Air Quality (AQ) • Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD): – BC Wildfire Service (FWx) – Regional Climatologists (Forest Ecosystems Research Networks, FERN) with connections to UNBC • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (TRAN): – Avalanche and Weather Programs • BC Hydro (BCH) • Ministry of Agriculture (AGRI): – Partnership w/ADCON supporting Farmwest.com • Rio Tinto (RT) • Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) – Pacific Climate Data Set • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) • Capital Regional District (CRD) • Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) – Parks and Planning – Water Services
  8. 8. CRMP Agreement II (2018-2025) • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV): – Snow Program (ASWS) – Air Quality (AQ) • Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD): – BC Wildfire Service (FWx) – Regional Climatologists (Forest Ecosystems Research Networks, FERN) with connections to UNBC • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (TRAN): – Avalanche and Weather Programs • BC Hydro (BCH) • Ministry of Agriculture (AGRI): – Partnership w/ADCON supporting Farmwest.com • Rio Tinto (RT) • Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) – Pacific Climate Data Set • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) • Capital Regional District (CRD) • Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) – Parks and Planning – Water Services
  9. 9. • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV): – Snow Program (ASWS) – Air Quality (AQ) • Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD): – BC Wildfire Service (FWx) – Regional Climatologists (Forest Ecosystems Research Networks, FERN) with connections to UNBC • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (TRAN): – Avalanche and Weather Programs • BC Hydro (BCH) • Ministry of Agriculture (AGRI): – Partnership w/ADCON supporting Farmwest.com • Rio Tinto (RT) • Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) – Pacific Climate Data Set • Capital Regional District (CRD) • Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) – Parks and Planning – Water Services • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) Federal/Agency Data Sharing Agreement (2019 and on)
  10. 10. Additional Agreements • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV): – Snow Program (ASWS) – Air Quality (AQ) • Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD): – BC Wildfire Service (FWx) – Regional Climatologists (Forest Ecosystems Research Networks, FERN) with connections to UNBC • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (TRAN): – Avalanche and Weather Programs • BC Hydro (BCH) • Ministry of Agriculture (AGRI): – Partnership w/ADCON supporting Farmwest.com • Rio Tinto (RT) • Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) – Pacific Climate Data Set • Capital Regional District (CRD) • Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) – Parks and Planning – Water Services • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
  11. 11. Challenges • Data Aggregation and Annotation • Meta Data • Sensing technology • Standards • Monitoring gaps/redundancies
  12. 12. Challenges Data Aggregation and Annotation • Aggregation – Provincial data available in Pacific Climate Data Set (PCDS- PCIC), – Fed by manual and automated transfers – Data Updates?
  13. 13. Challenges Data Aggregation and Annotation • Annotation – Data processing techniques due to operational need, age of systems, etc. – Data Sharing Agreement w/ECCC. • TRAN, ENV, FLNRORD FWx Data annotated and posted on DataMart National Archive  PCDS (@PCIC) – Data Updates?
  14. 14. Challenges Meta-data • Most agencies manage some meta data – Maintenance records, calibration records, siting, sensor history, siting history • Focus is on operational data for clients – Meta data may/may not • Part of the database of record • Drive internal data processing. “metadata collected should be treated with the same rigour as the data itself” GCOS climate monitoring principle #3
  15. 15. Challenges Sensing Technology – Over winter precipitation
  16. 16. Challenges Standards • Provincial Standards – draft collection of what “could be” adhered to • New Standards under development (ECCC/CCCS sponsored project) – Meta Data Self declaration – Data transmission – Data Quality/grading – Site selection and operation
  17. 17. Monitoring Gaps
  18. 18. Monitoring Gaps/Redundancies • Next Steps – Consultation w/local groups – Define • Enhancements to existing sites? • New monitoring sites? – Funding? Partnerships?
  19. 19. How can you help? • Advocate for – More coordinated monitoring • Especially all season precipitation • Operational support – “Not equipment infusion” – Network gap filling – Collection/sharing of metadata • Operating a network? – Post your meta data and data – Standards development project
  20. 20. Ted.weick@gov.bc.ca 778-698-4446
  21. 21. Resources • Open Data BC – Meteorological Stations (Historic and Active), (CRMP Partners, Past Networks, ECCC) – Data (ENV) • Air Quality, • Automated Snow Weather Stations – Public Avalanche Weather Station data (TRAN) • Farmwest • Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium – Pacific Climate Data Set (includes live feeds from available network data), Climate anomalies, and PRISM Mapping • ECCC – Canadian Centre for Climate Services – DataMart

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