J5.9
COOP Modernization: NOAA's Environmental Real-time Observation Network in New England, the Southeast, and Addressing NIDIS in the West

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Thursday, 2 February 2006: 11:45 AM
COOP Modernization: NOAA's Environmental Real-time Observation Network in New England, the Southeast, and Addressing NIDIS in the West
A411 (Georgia World Congress Center)
Kenneth C. Crawford, Office of Science and Technology, National Weather Service Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD; and G. R. Essenberg

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The modernization of the Cooperative Observer Network now known as NOAA's Environmental Real-time Observation Network (NERON) has begun with 103 operational stations deployed across the New England states and portions of eastern New York. Five-minute observations from these sites are available in real time following aggressive QC/QA procedures. NERON expanded into Georgia and northern Alabama during summer of 2005 where an additional 50-75 sites are under consideration. During 2006-2007, NERON will undergo a westward expansion and a focus on the Historical Climate Network sites in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and possibly Montana. This westward shift, limited by available funds, is a response to the Western Governor's Association and their plan for a National Integrated Drought Information System. The presentation will provide many additional details including siting standards, maintenance support, and QA/QC procedures. It also will illustrate modernized data from New England, and describe the modernization years between FY07 and FY11.