Peace – Increasing Availability of Agriculturally Relevant Weather Data [pc02]
|Status||completed in 2014|
|Project Lead||BC Grain Producers' Association|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture|
Upon initiating this project, many producers in the Peace region only had access to weather data coming from stations located too far from their operations to provide relevant information. The lack of readily available agriculturally relevant weather data was identified as a significant gap in the Peace Adaptation Strategies planning process.
Developing and implementing a strategy to increase access to weather data that supports day-to-day, seasonal and longer-term decision-making and planning was a high priority for producers in the Peace region.
This study analyzes and evaluates the options for improved weather data collection and availability. The research included consultation with producers and producer organizations as well as agencies currently involved in weather data collection in the BC Peace. A detailed analysis of existing weather stations was conducted. The study identifies current gaps in monitoring and recommendations for strengthening the monitoring network, as well as options for increasing the availability of data and decision support tools for producers in the BC Peace.
Based on this piece of work, a second project is now underway to implement select recommendations for improving weather monitoring and data availability.