U.S. climate reference network after one decade of operations status and assessment

Howard J. Diamond, Thomas R. Karl, Michael A. Palecki, C. Bruce Baker, Jesse E. Bell, Ronald D. Leeper, David R. Easterling, Jay H. Lawrimore, Tilden P. Meyers, Michael R. Helfert, Grant Goodge, Peter W. Thorne

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The performance of US national climate reference network was assessed after operating for ten years. The US Climate Reference Network (USCRN) performed the task of benchmarking source of climate data on behalf of the decision makers. The USCRN was conceived in response to these challenges of station changes to the climate record. The main goal of the USCRN is to answer a simple prospective question posed 50 years into the future, such how had the country's climate had changed in the last 50 years. The USCRN program aimed to create a set of station records that would provide a robust multidecadal climate monitoring capability and help in fulfilling the established objectives. USCRN design utilized a systems approach and was flexible and extensible to meet other monitoring needs as they arose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-498
Number of pages14
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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