In 2015, the Regional Climate and Hydrometric Monitoring Network Scoping Study was completed to move forward with recommendations to identify and prioritize locations and potential partnerships to support additional climate and hydrometric (streamflow) stations within the region to improve the existing climate and hydrometric monitoring networks.
These are purposes that serve the RDN directly but also purposes beyond the RDN jurisdiction that serve partners in the region, illustrating why collaboration makes sense.
The list of priority data gaps (sites that need monitoring) that were identified in the 2015 report can be found here .
The first priority to be addressed from the report is the climate station on Mt. Arrowsmith, to monitor for snowpack. Upper elevation weather information from Mt. Arrowsmith is important for the Englishman River, French Creek and Little Qualicum River watersheds. Several partners have worked together to implement a new Automated Snow Pillow / Weather Station at 1400m elevation on Mt. Arrowsmith within the Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park: