Design Flood Hydrology

Excerpts from the Design Flood Hydrology Event for BC Natural Resource Professionals on March 28, 2017.

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Adapting Resource Road Infrastructure to Climate Change

The changes to climatic conditions in Canada are anticipated to have a significant impact on the Canadian forest industry. Resource roads are considered vulnerable to the immediate and short-term impacts of climate change. This report presents the risks and vulnerabilities of resource roads to climate change and suggested adaptation methods and practices.

Adapting Resource Road Infrastructure to Climate Change

Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) Tools

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada provides official IDF information based on precipitation data from weather stations across the country and has made it available for the public.

IDF Data Sets

Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver has released a study (August 2018) of the impacts of climate change on precipitation and stormwater management (future IDF curves). The report is now available along with a short 4-page brief.

Technical Brief

Full Report

University of Western Ontario

Maintained by University of Western Ontario, this computerized web-based IDF tool integrates a user interface with a Geographic Information System (GIS). By creating or selecting a station (Gauged IDF) or selecting a location on the map (Ungauged IDF) the user will be able to carry out statistical analysis on historical data, as well as generate and verify possible future change based on a methodology using a combination of climate modelling outputs and locally observed weather data.

Note: The IDF CC Tool assumes that the historical scaling between sub-daily and daily events holds going forward in the future and this assumption may not be true. For this reason it is possible that the tool could under-predict sub-daily events.

IDF Analysis Tool

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Find information and tools to help you understand and address your climate risks.

Beyond Downscaling

Supported by the Water Partnership Program, this book summarizes alternatives explored by a group of organizations that belong to the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), to provide practitioners with the tools to adapt to the realities of climate change by following a decision-making process that incorporates bottom-up thinking.

Beyond Downscaling

Using Demonstration Storms to Prepare for Extreme Rainfall

This storm transposition simulation tool developed by Scientists at University of Wisconsin, uses NOAA NEXRAD rainfall radar data from any recent rainfall event to demonstrate what would happen if the event occurred in other locations. This helps planners discover unforeseen vulnerabilities and adaptation opportunities. The simulated storm helps municipalities and businesses recognize steps they could take to minimize the impacts of future extreme storms.

Using Demonstration Storms to Prepare for Extreme Rainfall

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Incorporating Climate Change into the Design of Water Crossing Structures

Washington State has developed a document addressing climate change and the design of stream crossings. It addresses two analytical challenges: 1) translating future climate projections generated by global climate change models into information that can be directly applied to the design of water crossing structures in the Washington State, and 2) presenting quantitative results in a way that usefully conveys uncertainty and risk to decision makers and various stakeholders.

Integrating Climate Change into the Design of Water Crossing Structures

Webinar: Integrating Climate Change into Design and Permitting of Water Crossing Structures

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BC Hydrometric Program Network

This long-term water quantity monitoring network of 450 hydrometric stations, operated by the Water Survey of Canada, is co-managed under a Federal-Provincial Agreement by the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and supported by partnerships with provincial agencies (5 stations), BC Hydro (99 stations), local governments (22 stations), First Nations (1 station) and industry (13 stations).

Real-Time Hydrometric Data

Historical Data and Station Information