Kootenay & Boundary – Options to Expand Availability of Weather Station Data & Decision-Support Tools [kb01]
|Region||Kootenay & Boundary|
|Status||approved: Nov 2019 to Apr 2020|
|Project Lead||Regional District of Kootenay Boundary|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary|
|Other Partners||Kootenay Organic Grower's Society, Windermere District Farmers' Institute, Kootenay & Boundary Farm Advisors|
This project will undertake a weather data gap and options assessment for the Kootenay & Boundary region.
As the climate changes, and variability and extremes become more frequent, improving the availability of regional weather data will enable farm planning and decision-making that are more responsive to local microclimates and real-time conditions. It may also assist with tracking trends or shifts, for example, how the timing of spring frosts affect production year over year.
This project will assess existing weather stations for data availability, quality, utility and overall suitability for agricultural applications and minimum standards. It will also identify gaps in geographic coverage for agricultural areas and potential locations for new stations to fill those gaps. Finally, it will evaluate weather-based decision-support tools for their transferability and whether they can be feasibly adapted to the region.
This project will:
- assess the availability and quality of weather data available to agricultural producers in the Kootenay & Boundary region
- identify and assess options to enhance the current weather network and improve weather station data availability and weather forecasting ability
- document/assess which decision-support tools would be suitable for the region and what the costs would be to adapt these tools for the region