Network Details

Network Type

Hydrometeorological

Agency

Government of Yukon
Environment Yukon - Water Resources Branch
Website: http://www.env.gov.yk.ca/air-water-waste/hydrology.php

Other Agencies Involved

Field collection assistance from Client Service and Inspections Branch, Yukon Energy Mines and Resources; British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Water Stewardship Division; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Yukon Highways and Public Works; Parks Canada; Yukon Energy Corporation; and private contractors.

Program objectives and description

To collect snow water equivalent data for runoff forecasting, as well as to assist in planning and design of development projects, wildlife studies, avalanche forecasting, highway maintenance, forest fire indexing, and building design. The current network consists of active snow courses in Yukon’s six major basins, including several stations in British Columbia and Alaska. Measurements are taken three times a year: March 1, April 1, and May 1.

Sampling Information

Number of sites: 85 total sites, 58 active sites

Parameter measured: Snowpack - Snow depth, Snowpack - Snow water equivalent

Period of record: 1958 to present

Sampling frequencies: Monthly Seasonal

Data availability: Snow survey data are maintained internally in an Access database, and reported after each sampling event in the Yukon Snow Survey Bulletins and Water Supply Forecasts, prepared and issued by Environment Yukon’s Water Resources Branch.

Network URL: http://www.env.gov.yk.ca/air-water-waste/snow_survey.php

Contact Information

Name: Ric Janowicz

Address: PO Box 2703 (V-310) Whitehorse YT Y1A 2C6

Phone: 1-867-667-3223

Fax: 1-867-667-3195

Email: richard.janowicz@gov.yk.ca