To address these gaps in knowledge, GWA has collaborated with external partners from Vancouver Island University Hydrology & Climate Change Research Lab and the Skeena Fisheries Commission in order to install in 2021 and maintain a long-term weather monitoring station in the upper Skeena River. Data from this weather station will complement the existing network of stations run by Provincial and Federal Agencies within and near the Gitksan Territory and will help us better understand weather patterns in the upper Skeena and track the effects of climate change.
The weather station will measure air temperature, soil temperature, total precipitation, rain (tipping bucket), wind speed and direction, net radiation, relative humidity, barometric pressure, and snow water equivalent. The footprint of the weather station is relatively small, made up of two pads (1m x 1m) and a snow scale (2m x 3m). There are two towers (one on each pad) that contain the weather equipment, one is 30ft and one is 20ft tall. The weather station will also contain a camera that will display real-time footage of conditions in the territory at the weather station and available to view on the Gitksan Watershed Authorities website.
Below are photos that illustrate what the weather station looks like and its approximate size (provided by VIU) . We look forward to sharing live footage from the weather station in the near future.