Meteorological Locations

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - GeoBC
Licensed under Access Only

These meteorological observation stations capture a variety of climatological and meteorological data. The data is an amalgamation of three datasets: the Meteorological Network (MN) data maintained by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy's Air and Climate Branch, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) data and the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) climate station data (tertiary source).

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

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Purpose

To provide the locations of meteorological stations in BC.

Data Quality

The three sources of data are amalgamated using a 'mix-and-match' strategy based on the established priority of the data. Based on the initial data quality, the MN data is the primary data source and is used to filter out duplicate records in the PCIC data (the secondary source). Finally, the MN and PCIC data is used to filter out duplicates in the ECCC data. The resulting meteorological locations provides a more comprehensive dataset than its predecessor.

Lineage Statement

This layer replaces the previous Climate Stations layer ( WHSE_IMAGERY_AND_BASE_MAPS.GSR_CLIMATE_STATIONS_SVW ) which was retired from the data catalog in late July 2019 (see NOI#37 ).

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Contact Information

NameJoy Sinnett (pointOfContact)
EmailJoy.Sinnett@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationGeoBC
NameTed Weick (custodian)
EmailTed.Weick@gov.bc.ca
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 2019-08-06
Record Last Modified 2019-09-05
Resource Status onGoing
Spatial DataSDO_GEOMETRY

Object Description

Object Name: WHSE_BASEMAPPING.GBA_METEOROLOGICAL_LOCS_SP

Short Name: METRO_LOCS
Comments: METEOROLOGICAL LOCS SP describes meteorological observation stations that capture a variety of climatological and meteorological data. The data is an amalgamation of three datasets: the Meteorological Network (MN) data maintained by the Ministry of Environment's Environmental and Climate Monitoring's Air and Climate Branch (primary source), the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) data (secondary source) and the Environment Canada (EC) climate station data (tertiary source).

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
METEOROLOGICAL_LOCATION_ID METEO_L_ID NUMBER 8 METEOROLOGICAL_LOCATION_ID is an operationally-generated unique identification number.
NATIVE_ID NATIVE_ID VARCHAR2 7 NATIVE_ID is a 7-digit alphanumeric (or numeric) permanent, unique identifier assigned by the meteorological Service of Canada to an individual site or station where official weather observations are taken. As current and historical records may be kept for an individual station, the NATIVE ID may have more than one record in the dataset. Also referred to as CLIMATE_ID, e.g., 1200R0J.
STATION_NAME STATION_NM VARCHAR2 100 STATION NAME is the name of the meteorological observation station, e.g., BOB QUINN AGS.
STATION_DESC STATION_DS VARCHAR2 500 STATION_DESC is a textual description of the site that may contain a site address if available, the site type or method of access to the site and any comments of interest pertaining to the site, e.g. "LIGHTHOUSE,WFM,Primary operator is a human.,daily data may be delayed due to keypunching"
LATITUDE LAT NUMBER 8 LATITUDE is the geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (dd.dddddd), of the location of the meteorological station at the date and time the meteorological station was recorded, as measured from the equator, e.g., 55.323653.
LATITUDINAL_ACCURACY LAT_ACC NUMBER 38 LATITUDINAL_ACCURACY is an indication of how many decimal places of the LATITUDE are considered to be accurate. The higher the number, the more accurate the LATITUDE number. If the latitudinal accuracy could not be determined, a value of 0 is entered, i.e., 1, 2, 5.
LONGITUDE LONG NUMBER 9 LONGITUDE is the geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (-ddd.dddddd), of the location of the meteorological station at the date and time the meteorological station was recorded, as measured from the prime meridian, e.g., -123.093544.
LONGITUDINAL_ACCURACY LONG_ACC NUMBER 38 LONGITUDINAL_ACCURACY is an indication of how many decimal places of the LONGITUDE are considered to be accurate. The higher the number, the more accurate the LONGITUDE number. If the longitudinal accuracy could not be determined, a value of 0 is entered, i.e., 1, 2, 5.
ELEVATION ELEVATION NUMBER 5 ELEVATION is the elevation in metres of the meteorological station above mean sea level, e.g., 120.
ACTIVE_IND ACTIVE_IND VARCHAR2 1 ACTIVE_IND is an indication of the current state of data capture from this station. A station with a start date and no end date is considered to be actively capturing data and is active. A station with both a start and end date is considered to no longer be capturing data and is inactive. A station with a start date but an indeterminate end date is considered to be unknown, i.e. Y, N, U.
DATE_ACTIVE DT_ACTVE NUMBER 8 DATE_ACTIVE is the date when the station was implemented and METEOROLOGICAL information began to be collected. The date is documented in the ISO 8601 (basic format) standard, e.g., the date 2009 March 31 is 20090331. Thus, each date is 8 digits long. In the case that just the year was recorded, the month and day are set to January 1.
DATE_INACTIVE DT_INACTVE NUMBER 8 DATE_INACTIVE is the date when the station was shut down and METEOROLOGICAL information was no longer collected. The date is documented in the ISO 8601 (basic format) standard, e.g., the date 2009 March 31 is 20090331. Thus, each date is 8 digits long. In the case that just the year was recorded, the month and day are set to January 1.
AGENCY AGENCY VARCHAR2 50 AGENCY is the government, research group or private organisation that is responsible for operating and maintaining the site. They may or may not be a Party to the Agreement on Management of Meteorological Agreements in BC. An agency may run multiple networks - for example the FERN network is made up of networks maintained by ecologists in various Research groups across the Natural Resource Sector but are not in a single work group.
NETWORK NETWORK VARCHAR2 1000 NETWORK is the network within an agency, i.e., the AGENCY ECCC (Environment Canada) may have the following NETWORK designations: DAILY CLIMATE, HYDAT/CLIM, MARINE/moored buoy, SURFACE/CLIMATE.
SOURCE_CODE SRC_CODE VARCHAR2 50 SOURCE_CODE is a short identifier that indicates the source of the data, i.e. "MN only" (for points that were sourced exclusively from the METEOROLOGICAL Network), "MN PCIC" (for points that were sourced from the METEOROLOGICAL Network but also from the Provincial Climate data set PCIC).
CLIMATE_IND CLIMT_IND VARCHAR2 1 CLIMATE_IND is an indication that this meteorological location is targeted at the Provincial level for "climate" monitoring, i.e., Y or N.
PARAMETERS_MEASURED PRMTRSMSRD VARCHAR2 1000 PARAMETERS_MEASURED is a comma-separated list of meteorological or hydrological parameter codes that outline what type of data is collected at the station, e.g., "Ta, Tn, P(P2),SD","air_temperature_minimum, Precipitation as measured using an OTT Pluvio II gauge, Snow Depth".
AIR_TEMP_RECD_IND AIRTMPIND VARCHAR2 1 AIR_TEMP_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records air temperature at the site, i.e., Y or N.
MIN_AIR_TEMP_RECD_IND MINAIRTMPR VARCHAR2 1 MIN_AIR_TEMP_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records minimum air temperature in a given period, i.e., Y or N.
MAX_AIR_TEMP_RECD_IND MAXAIRTMPR VARCHAR2 1 MAX_AIR_TEMP_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records maximum air temperature in a given period, i.e., Y or N.
BAROMETRIC_PRESSURE_RECD_IND BARPRESIND VARCHAR2 1 BAROMETRIC_PRESSURE_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records atmospheric pressure. This pressure reading may not be tied to local standard pressure readings and therefore only reflect pressure trends, i.e., Y or N.
BATTERY_VOLTAGE_RECD_IND BATTVLTIND VARCHAR2 1 BATTERY_VOLTAGE_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records its own battery voltage. Battery voltages are used to track the quality of the information from a site that is not hooked into the grid. As battery voltages approach thresholds (say 11V), the quality of the data becomes less viable. This is very much technology dependent, i.e., Y or N.
DISCHARGE_RECD_IND DSCHGIND VARCHAR2 1 DISCHARGE_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records stream/river discharge (the volume of water moving down a stream or river per unit of time), i.e., Y or N.
REGULATED_DISCHARGE_RECD_IND RGDSCHGIND VARCHAR2 1 REGULATED_DISCHARGE_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records the volume of water moving down a stream or river per unit of time downstream from a regulated reservoir, i.e., Y or N.
GROUND_HEAT_FLUX_RECD_IND GNDHTFXIND VARCHAR2 1 GROUND_HEAT_FLUX_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records the energy transferred into the ground (energy flux density) to heat or evaporate water, i.e., Y or N.
HUMIDITY_RECD_IND HUMDTYIND VARCHAR2 1 HUMIDITY_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records humidity (the amount of water vapour present in air) or relative humidity, i.e., Y or N.
SOLAR_RADIATION_RECD_IND SLR_RDTN_D VARCHAR2 1 SOLAR_RADIATION_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records downwelling (from the sky) solar radiation (as opposed to upwelling (from the ground) radiation). This is also known as Global Solar Radiation, i.e., Y or N.
NET_RADIATION_RECD_IND NT_RDTN_RD VARCHAR2 1 NET_RADIATION_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records the net radiative energy available to heat the ground, air and evaporate water, i.e., Y or N.
PHOTOSYNTH_RADIATION_RECD_IND PHTSYNTH_D VARCHAR2 1 PHOTOSYNTH_RADIATION_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records the radiation available to promote photosynthesis in plants, i.e., Y or N.
PRECIPITATION_RECD_IND PRCPTTN_RD VARCHAR2 1 PRECIPITATION_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records precipitation in the form of liquid precipitation such as rain, freezing precipitation such as freezing drizzle, freezing rain, slush (rain and snow mixed) or solid (frozen) precipitation such as snow, snow grains, sleet (ice or snow pellets), hail, i.e., Y or N.
SNOW_DEPTH_RECD_IND SNWDPTHIND VARCHAR2 1 SNOW_DEPTH_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records the depth of accumulated snow, i.e., Y or N.
SNOW_WATER_EQUIVALENT_RECD_IND SNWWTRIND VARCHAR2 1 SNOW_WATER_EQUIVALENT_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records the depth of accumulated snow as it would be in liquid form (melted) as measured by a snow pillow or scale, i.e., Y or N.
SURFACE_TEMPERATURE_RECD_IND SRFTEMPIND VARCHAR2 1 SURFACE_TEMPERATURE_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records surface temperature (the interface between the soil or rock surface and the atmosphere), i.e., Y or N.
SOIL_TEMP_RECD_IND SLTEMPIND VARCHAR2 1 SOIL_TEMP_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records subsurface temperature at one or multiple depths below the surface of the land (soil or rock), i.e., Y or N.
WATER_LEVEL_RECD_IND WTRLVLIND VARCHAR2 1 WATER_LEVEL_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records water depth (stilling well or weir) in a river/stream , i.e., Y or N.
WATER_TEMPERATURE_RECD_IND WTRTEMPIND VARCHAR2 1 WATER_TEMPERATURE_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records water temperature in a river, or stilling well, i.e., Y or N.
WATER_TURBIDITY_RECD_IND WTRTRBIND VARCHAR2 1 WATER_TURBIDITY_RECD_IND is an indication that the meteorological station records water turbidity (the relative clarity of the water), i.e., Y or N.
WIND_SPEED_DIRECTION_RECD_IND WNDSPDRIND VARCHAR2 1 WIND_SPEED_DIRECTION_RECD_IND is an indication that an anemometer and vane are present at the site to record wind speed and direction, i.e., Y or N.
PRECIPITATION_COLLECTOR_TYPES PRCIPCLTYP VARCHAR2 50 PRECIPITATION_COLLECTOR_TYPES is a comma-delimited list of the type of instrument(s) used to collect the precipitation at the meteorological station, i.e., Standpipe, Belfort weighing gauge.
WMO_ID WMO_ID NUMBER 5 WMO_ID is a 5-digit international identifier assigned by the Meteorological Service of Canada to standards of the World Meteorological Organization for stations that transmit observations in international meteorological formats in real time, e.g., 71104.
WEBSITE_URL_PRIMARY URL VARCHAR2 254 WEBSITE_URL_PRIMARY is an Internet URL for more information regarding this station.
WEBSITE_URL_SECONDARY URL2 VARCHAR2 254 WEBSITE_URL_SECONDARY is an additional Internet URL for more information regarding this station.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.