Toward the standardization of mesoscale meteorological networks

Christopher A. Fiebrich, Kevin R. Brinson, Rezaul Mahmood, Stuart A. Foster, Megan Schargorodski, Nathan L. Edwards, Christopher A. Redmond, Jennie R. Atkins, Jeffrey A. Andresen, Xiaomao Lin

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Although they share many common qualities in design and operation, mesonetworks across the United States were established independently and organically over the last several decades. In numerous instances, the unique ways each network matured and developed new protocols has led to important lessons learned. These experiences have been shared in informal ways among various network operators over the years to promote reliable operation. As existing networks begin to introduce new sensors and technologies, and as new networks come online, there is a common need for guidance on best practices. This paper aims to formally provide recommendations to improve and harmonize the various aspects of operating a ‘‘mesonet,’’ including siting, sensors, maintenance, quality assurance, and data processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2033-2049
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • In situ atmospheric observations
  • Instrumentation/sensors
  • Measurements
  • Quality assurance/control
  • Sampling
  • Surface observations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Atmospheric Science


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