Ralph has managed Agriculture and Forestry’s (AF) meteorological network since 2003. Over the past 15-years, his group has installed over 120 new weather stations across the agricultural areas in the province, bringing AF’s total network to number 172 weather stations.
To ensure the integrity and accessibility of this data they have built a robust data quality control system along with a web site that serves both historic and near real time weather data products and services to the Agriculture Industry. Much of this work centered on the task of assembling all of Alberta’s meteorological data back as far as 1884.
Ralph has M.Sc. in soil physics from the University of Manitoba and a diploma in Watershed Management from Lethbridge Community College. He has worked extensively with meteorological data since 1993, producing several computer models, including soil erodibility, phosphorous export, Canada’s Water Quality Index, AF’s soil moisture and snow pack model, along with a Fusarium risk management tool and several other products and services offered on AF’s Alberta Climate Information Service (ACIS) found at www.weatherdata.ca