This package is maintained by the Data Science and Analytics Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Citizens’ Services.
hy_*) that access hydrometric data from the HYDAT database, a national archive of Canadian hydrometric data and return tidy data.
realtime_*) that access Environment and Climate Change Canada’s real-time hydrometric data source.
search_*) that can search through the approximately 7000 stations in the database and aid in generating station vectors
hy_daily_flows()function queries the database, tidies the data and returns a tibble of daily flows.
You can install
tidyhydat from CRAN:
To install the development version of the
tidyhydat package, you can install directly from the rOpenSci development server:
More documentation on
tidyhydat can found at the rOpenSci doc page: https://docs.ropensci.org/tidyhydat/
When you install
tidyhydat, several other packages will be installed as well. One of those packages,
dplyr, is useful for data manipulations and is used regularly here. To use actually use
dplyr in a session you must explicitly load it. A helpful
dplyr tutorial can be found here.
To use many of the functions in the
tidyhydat package you will need to download a version of the HYDAT database, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s database of historical hydrometric data then tell R where to find the database. Conveniently
tidyhydat does all this for you via:
This downloads (with your permission) the most recent version of HYDAT and then saves it in a location on your computer where
tidyhydat’s function will look for it. Do be patient though as this can take a long time! To see where HYDAT was saved you can run
hy_default_db(). Now that you have HYDAT downloaded and ready to go, you are all set to begin looking at Canadian hydrometric data.
To download real-time data using the datamart we can use approximately the same conventions discussed above. Using
realtime_dd() we can easily select specific stations by supplying a station of interest:
realtime_dd(station_number = "08LG006") #> Queried on: 2020-10-06 20:15:00 (UTC) #> Date range: 2020-09-06 to 2020-10-06 #> # A tibble: 17,532 x 8 #> STATION_NUMBER PROV_TERR_STATE~ Date Parameter Value Grade #> <chr> <chr> <dttm> <chr> <dbl> <chr> #> 1 08LG006 BC 2020-09-06 08:00:00 Flow 4.01 <NA> #> 2 08LG006 BC 2020-09-06 08:05:00 Flow 4.01 <NA> #> 3 08LG006 BC 2020-09-06 08:10:00 Flow 3.98 <NA> #> 4 08LG006 BC 2020-09-06 08:15:00 Flow 3.98 <NA> #> 5 08LG006 BC 2020-09-06 08:20:00 Flow 3.98 <NA> #> 6 08LG006 BC 2020-09-06 08:25:00 Flow 3.98 <NA> #> 7 08LG006 BC 2020-09-06 08:30:00 Flow 3.98 <NA> #> 8 08LG006 BC 2020-09-06 08:35:00 Flow 3.98 <NA> #> 9 08LG006 BC 2020-09-06 08:40:00 Flow 3.98 <NA> #> 10 08LG006 BC 2020-09-06 08:45:00 Flow 3.98 <NA> #> # ... with 17,522 more rows, and 2 more variables: Symbol <chr>, Code <chr>
Plot methods are also provided to quickly visualize realtime data:
and also historical data:
To report bugs/issues/feature requests, please file an issue.
These are very welcome!
If you would like to contribute to the package, please see our CONTRIBUTING guidelines.
Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.
Get citation information for
tidyhydat in R by running:
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