22 Jan 2024
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Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

BCUB - A large sample ungauged basin attribute dataset for British Columbia, Canada

Daniel Kovacek and Steven Weijs

Abstract. The British Columbia Ungauged Basin (BCUB) dataset is an open-source, extensible dataset of attributes describing terrain, soil, land cover, and climate indices of over one million ungauged basins in British Columbia, Canada including trans-boundary regions. The basin attributes included in the dataset follow those found in the large sample hydrology literature for their association with hydrological processes. The BCUB database is intended to support water resources research and practice, namely monitoring network analysis studies, or hydrological modelling where basin characterization is used for model calibration. The dataset, and the complete workflow to collect and process input data, to derive stream networks, delineate basins, and to extract basin attributes is available under a Creative Commons BY 4.0 license. The DOI link for the BCUB dataset is (Kovacek and Weijs, 2023).

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Daniel Kovacek and Steven Weijs

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Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on essd-2023-508', Anonymous Referee #1, 26 Feb 2024
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Daniel Kovacek, 21 May 2024
  • RC2: 'Comment on essd-2023-508', Anonymous Referee #2, 22 Apr 2024
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC2', Daniel Kovacek, 21 May 2024
Daniel Kovacek and Steven Weijs

Data sets

British Columbia Ungauged Basins Dataset Daniel Kovacek and Steven Weijs

Model code and software

British Columbia Ungauged Basin Dataset - Replication Code Daniel Kovacek

Interactive computing environment

British Columbia Ungauged Basins Tutorial Daniel Kovacek

Daniel Kovacek and Steven Weijs


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Short summary
We made a dataset for British Columbia describing the terrain, soil, land cover, and climate of over 1 million watersheds. The attributes are often used in hydrology because they are related to the water cycle.  The data is meant to be used for water resources problems that can benefit from lots of basins and their attributes. The data and instructions needed to build the dataset from scratch are freely available. The permanent home for the data is