About the School-Based Weather Station Network
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The Vancouver Island School-Based Weather Station Network (VISN) was developed
by Andrew Weaver
and Ed Wiebe at
the University of Victoria. Ongoing development and maintenance is undertaken by Ed Wiebe in the
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at UVic. Undergraduate
students Michael Rempel, Stephen Sobie, Bill Bird, Natasha Ridenour, Lucas Kavanagh, and Peter Levett
have also made substantial software contributions.
It is a partnership with British Columbia school districts
64 (Gulf Islands),
71 (Comox Valley),
72 (Campbell River),
79 (Cowichan Valley),
84 (Vancouver Island West),
85 (Vancouver Island North).
Over the years, funding for this project has been obtained from
the BC Year of Science,
the NSERC PromoScience programme,
NEC Corporation, CTV Vancouver Island,
and generous donations from a number of individuals. In kind contributions have also been received from
Davis Instruments Corporation.
The school-based weather stations, and teacher resources available on the
Resource Page, are being developed to assist teachers by providing them
with free resources that will allow them to deliver aspects of the K-12
science education curriculum with state of the art interactive technologies.
Our ultimate goal is to engage children in the wonders of science.
A brief overview of the project is also available.
Longitudes used on the site are planetocentric. That is, they
increase positively eastward from the Prime Meridian. Under this
system the longitude of Victoria is (approximately) 237° which is
equivalent 123°W or -123°.
For further information or data inquiries please contact us at
weather at uvic dot ca. If you find a problem or have a question
about the site please be sure to send the relevant site and page e
address (the URL from your browser's address bar). Also include a screen
capture image if you can so that we can see what you are seeing.
Funding for 2019-2021 is provided via the Faculty of Science at UVic.
Funding for purchasing the weather stations installed at the
locations was provided by donations from the Highlands
Stewardship Foundation and Longview Consulting.
This network uses Davis
Vantage Pro 2(calibration study)
weather stations which are monitored automatically with our own version of
on computers running the GNU/Linux operating system. The data are recorded
in a MySQL database and fed out to the world through the
web site. Figures are generated
using scripts written in the IDL
PDF versions of the station summary pages are generated with
The first station was installed in February 2002 on the roof of the
Ian Stewart Complex here at the University