Climate Monitoring



This website functions as a data portal to share real-time climate and surficial landscape monitoring data collected and managed by members of the U.S. Geological Survey Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center. Two primary networks are represented and function through collaborations with the Bureau of Land Management , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , National Park Service, and multiple universities.  

Essential web tools and display have been developed by the U.S. Geological Survey Web Applications team at the Fort Collins Science Center.



American Drylands Monitoring Stations

The U.S. Geological Survey  Real-Time Permafrost and Climate Monitoring Network in Arctic Alaska is a collaborative effort with The Bureau of Land Management U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , private organizations and universities.  Primary network operations are managed by members of the U.S. Geological Survey, Geology and Environmental Change Science Center . The network was established to provide high quality real-time environmental data to aid in land management decision making.  The information is also used extensively in logistics and aircraft operations.  This real-time network is a subset of a larger U.S. Geological Survey permafrost and climate monitoring research network.  Many of the stations are co-located with deep boreholes, thus forming the basis for comprehensive permafrost monitoring observatories.  The objectives of the larger network include climate change detection, monitoring how permafrost and vegetation respond to climate change, and acquiring improved data for current permafrost characterization and impact assessment models. Data from this network contributes to several international networks as well, primarily GTN-P (Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost) , part of the WMO (World Meteorological Organization)  sponsored effort GCOS (Global Climate Observing System)

The CLIM-MET meteorological stations are implemented under the auspices of the U.S. Geological Survey,  American Drylands Project , which seeks to understand how climate (such as temperature; precipitation; wind direction and strength) and human activities affect geologic processes (such as weathering; erosion; deposition) that modify the landscape.  Primary network operations are managed by members of the U.S. Geological Survey,  Geology and Environmental Change Science Center .   Real-Time provisional (unchecked) data are available for all sensors for a limited timeframe. Complete project background as well as quality controlled, quarterly updated, complete data for the stations are available on the CLIM-MET website at .  The data from these meteorological stations are linked with observations of dust and vegetation change by project members on the ground, remote digital cameras, and satellites to test and improve wind-erosion models. 

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