Achieving Climate/Weather-Quality Data from a Tiered Network-of-Networks

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Wednesday, 20 January 2010: 11:45 AM
B302 (GWCC)
Ken Crawford, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Norman, OK; and C. A. Fiebrich, R. A. McPherson, and D. P. Todey

The American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) has developed a Position Paper that describes a systematic, objective methodology to evaluate the actual surface-observing standards used by or proposed for a given network. The goal is to provide data users and data providers with an ability to discriminate between surface observing networks capable of producing climate- and weather-quality data from those networks that fall short of this important goal. In so doing, the AASC becomes the first organization to put forward a methodology that objectively defines a tiered network-of-networks. The intent is to be inclusive not exclusive so all network owners, now and in the future, come to understand the data quality standards the AASC believes are essential to providing reliable data for a national climate service.

The presentation will provide important details about the proposed methodology.