ECRearder 1.1 – New Climate Station Definition Window – No longer need to look up station IDs yourself

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Quick Download Link: ECReader ver 1.1

The file name convention please refer to my other post: File Name Convention in ECReader1.1

In previous version of ECReader, to download climate data of a Environment Canada climate station, its station ID must be looked up first following the instruction. I must say: it’s NOT user-friendly.

To solve this, the basic information (including station ID) of all EC climate stations was downloaded and saved in a csv file. This makes it possible to lookup station ID in a user-friendly way.

ECReader interface is modified and a new “Define Stations” window is added to help choose stations from all 8551 stations, which is also used as tool to help browse and look for stations.

Specify Stations in Previous Version – Station ID is required

Specify Stations in New Version – Dedicated Station Definition Window to Utilize all EC Station Data and a link to download the all EC stations data

Quick Guide

  1. Click “Define Stations…” button to open “Define Stations” window.
  2. There are three tabs: By Name, Browse and From Map, where the last two will be implemented in the near future. The map function should be interesting.
  3. Three search criteria are supported: Station Name, Province and Data Availability.
  4. In case you know part of the station name, input in the station name part, e.g. george.
  5. In case you know the province of the stations, select one from the province list, e.g. ONT.
  6. In case you know the simulation period of SWAT model or the study period of data analysis, select hourly, daily or monthly from the data type list and select start and end year.
  7. Click “Search” button to retrieve stations.
  8. Stations will be given in the list below “Search” button. Two columns – name and province are displayed for each station.
  9. Select one station in the list, its data availability is shown at the bottom of the window. You could check the data availability of hourly, daily and monthly data.
  10. Double-click one station in the list to add this station to the selected list on the right. The selected list is the list of stations which will be used download data.
  11. You also could click “Use All 3 stations” below the list to add all the stations in the list into the selected list. The name of this button will change along with the search result.
  12. For right selected list, select one station to see the data availability one the bottom the same as the search result list. Double-click one station to remove one station from the selected list. Click “Remove All” button to remove all stations.
  13. Click “Use Selected Stations” button to return to main interface. The number of selected stations will be displayed under “Define Stations…” button.

Now the query stations are defined and it’s ready to download data the same as the previous version.


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