Snow Basin Indices

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - River Forecast Centre
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This data provides current snow basin indices across British Columbia. Snow basin index mapping is based on analysis from the River Forecast Centre, and is meant to accompany the Snow Conditions and Water Supply Bulletins that are published for data from January 1st, February 1st, March 1st, April 1st, May 1st, May 15th, June 1st and June 15th each year. Snow data collection is managed by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy's Snow Program.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

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

Additional Information

Purpose

Snow Basin Indices were created to provide spatial representation of the snow basin indices developed by the River Forecast Centre as part of provincial snow pack analysis completed in the Snow Conditions and Water Supply Bulletins.

Data Quality

Data used in the creation of Snow Basin Indices is considered preliminary and may include errors associated with data collection or transmission, or in analysis of historic statistics. Snow basin index values may be updated upon review.

Lineage Statement

Snow data includes manual and automated snow water equivalent measurements managed by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy's Snow Program. Snow Basin Indices are calculated based on basin-averaged snow water equivalent from measured monitoring locations within each snow basin area. Historic analysis of basin-average snow water equivalent are used as reference value and the snow basin index value is compared as a percentage of the current measurement to historic normals (eg. average over the 1981-2010 period).

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Contact Information

NameDavid Campbell (custodian)
Emaildavid.campbell@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationRiver Forecast Centre

Access & Security

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

Metadata Information

Record Published 2020-06-01
Record Last Modified 2020-06-01
Resource Status onGoing
Spatial DataSDO_GEOMETRY