Data sources

The first version of the engine powering the Alberta Water Tool was developed in 2012 as part of the Northeast Water Tool (NEWT) for the BC Oil and Gas Commission. It was recognized by a BC Premier’s Award for Regional Innovation, an award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, and also won an Environmental Innovation Award at the Global Petroleum Show in 2015.

Today the Alberta Water Tool incorporates hydrology modelling science generated from the Integrated Assessment of Water Resources, West Central Alberta project, and is supported by several associations whose membership need help with sound water management planning, including the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC), the Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF), the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and 12 oil and gas industry companies currently operating in west-central Alberta. The development of our technology was supported by both the National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and Tecterra.

Alberta Water Tool development and data sources:

185 hydrometric stations - combined 4,433 years of monitoring
181,195 unique watersheds
Transboundary (BC & Alberta) information
Peace, Athabasca, North Saskatchewan, Red Deer River watersheds
144,439 km² of western Canada (primarily in Alberta)
19,842 surface water allocation points
10,774 groundwater allocation points
24 months of hydrology research
5 years of technology development


  • Spruce Grove
  • Grande Prairie
  • Dawson Creek
  • 19 FN Reserves
    • Alexis Whitecourt 232
    • Alexander 134b
    • O’Chiese Cemetery 203A
    • Buck Lake 133C
    • Sunchild 202
    • O’Chiese 203
    • Pigeon Lake 138A
    • Stoney Plain 135A
    • Wabamun 133A, 133B
    • Alexis 133
    • Horse Lakes 152B
    • Sturgeon Lake 154, 154A
    • Alexis Cardinal River 234
    • Alexis Elk River 233
    • Big Horn 144A
    • Sturgeon Lake 154B
    • Alexander 134A

MD / other areas

  • Jasper
  • MD of Greenview No 16
  • Woodlands County
  • Yellowhead County
  • MD of Big Lakes No 125
  • Lac Ste. Anne County
  • County of Wetaskiwin No. 10
  • Clearwater County
  • Brazeau County
  • Leduc County
  • Parkland County
  • MD of Spirit River No. 133
  • Saddle Hills County
  • Birch Hills County
  • County of Grande Prairie No 1
  • MD of Smoky River No 130


  • Edson
  • Swan Hills
  • Eckville
  • Rimbey
  • Stony Plain
  • Mayerthorpe
  • Spirit River
  • Sexsmith
  • Beaverlodge
  • Wembley
  • Calmar
  • Valleyview
  • Falher
  • McLennan
  • Fox Creek
  • Whitecourt
  • Grande Cache
  • Hinton
  • Rocky Mountain House
  • Drayton Valley

+ > 100 unincorporated areas and villages

Data sourced from:
  • Water Survey of Canada - streamflow records
  • NASA - shuttle radar topography mission (digital elevation models)
  • UBC / University of Alberta / Oregon State University - climate models (ClimateWNA,ClimateAB)
  • NASA / NOAA / NSF / EPA / NSERC / CCRS / NRC / CFS / Agriculture Canada / Environment Canada / Several other academic organizations: Carbon Cycle research initiatives (which produce as a byproduct, evapotranspiration estimates - evapotranspiration is directly linked to forest growth / carbon fixing) - see BOREAS project
  • CGIAR - evapotranspiration estimates
  • Province of Alberta, Province of BC - watershed boundaries, hydrographic mapping (streams, lakes, etc), water allocations
  • NALCMS - CEC land cover data from CCRS, NRCan, USGS, INEGI (mx),CONABIO (mx), CONAFOR (mx) (the non Canadian ones aren’t super relevant in AB but involved in the project for their own jurisdictions)
  • BOREAS - Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study
  • CCRS - Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing
  • CEC - Commission for Environmental Cooperation
  • CFS - Canadian Forest Service
  • CGIAR - Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
  • CONABIO - Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity)
  • CONAFOR - Comisión Nacional Forestal (National Forestry Commission of Mexico)
  • EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
  • INEGI - Insituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (National Institute of Statistics and Geography)
  • NALCMS - North American Land Change Monitoring System
  • NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NOAA - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • NRCan - Natural Resources Canada
  • NSERC - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • NSF - National Science Foundation
  • PRISM - Parameter-elevation Relationships on Independent Slopes Model
  • USGS - United States Geological Survey
  • WSC - Water Survey of Canada


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