Streamflow conditions

Class Assignment #5: Streamflow conditions  (14 marks)

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  1. Go to the River Forecast Centre for British Columbia website below.


  1. Select “Current Streamflow Conditions and Flood Forecast Modeling”.


  1. Select “Map of Current Streamflow Conditions for All Real-time WSC Stations in BC”.


You can navigate around this map with your mouse by zooming in and out or by clicking/dragging your mouse to move to different regions.


  1. This map is a compilation of data layers that can be turned on or off. Go to the top left hand corner to the layer list. Make sure that the following layers are selected:
  • Discharge/Water level Return Period – all stations
  • Updated Time
  • BC Major Basins


  1. Zoom in such that you find the Squamish station. Squamish is located at upper region of Howe Sound in the south coast of BC.


Click on the station dot and a data table will open.


  1. What river is this data for?_________________________(1 mark)


  1. What is the current stage/height of the water level in the river (H) in metres? (1 mark)


Answer: ______________


  1. What is the current discharge at this station location? (Q) in m3/s? (1 mark)


Answer: ______________






  1. What does the colour of the station dot refer to? (find the legend below the map) How is this station categorized? ie. What does the colour of the station dot refer to?

Explain what this means. You will have to look this up either in your text book or do a search online for this explain. Please provide a citation for the resource that you used. (4 marks)








  1. In the data box, for this station, click on ‘More info’. This will take you to a hydrograph for this river for the past week.


  1. What do the two lines on the graph represent? (1 mark)





  1. Review our discussion of discharge for rivers in the Squamish area from the audio presentation. At this time of year, what is the main contributor to water levels for this river? What kind of evidence would you use to support the pattern for discharge that you see? Does this pattern make sense to you based on weather over the past week? (3 marks)









  1. Zoom in on the map to where you live. Find the nearest station and click on it to open the data table. Record the station name and the current water height and discharge data. (3 marks)


Station Name: ____________


H (m): _______


Q (m3/s): _______







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