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Archive Manual Snow Survey Data

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Published by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy - Knowledge Management
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

This data file contains the archived snow pack level manual observations from across British Columbia. Manual snow survey sites are actively surveyed as part of the BC Snow Survey program. Manual snow surveys are conducted up to eight times per year around the beginning of every month from January through June with extra measurements at mid-month in May and June. The majority of snow survey sites are located between 1000 and 2000 metres above sea level. Five or ten location points within a sampling area are chosen and referenced to trees etc. which will be visible when there is snow on the ground. At each sampling period, measurements are made at all of the location points at the sampling site -- the data point for that site is the average snow depth (cm) and water equivalent (mm) of the measured location points. Other attributes in the data set include: site number, survey period, elevation (m) and percent normal. Active and inactive manual snow survey locations are available here.

Data can be directly accessed via the Real-Time Water tool and the Snow Stations Interactive Map.

Data and Resources

Additional Information

Data Quality

Snow observation data sets are comprised of raw monitoring data. Instrumentation, transmission and transcription errors can occur and the data have not been verified for accuracy. Users must accept responsibility for the use and interpretation of the data.

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Contact Information

NameTony Litke (businessExpert)
OrganizationMinistry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Sub-OrganizationKnowledge Management

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2015-08-21
Record Last Modified 2021-05-25
Resource Status onGoing