SFCOBS-Surface Observations: Ship, fixed/drifting buoy, and CMAN in-situ surface temperaturesEntry ID: FNMOC_SFCOBS
Abstract: The Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) is a comprehensive, nationwide soil moisture and climate information system designed to provide data to support natural resource assessments and conservation activities. Administered by the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the National Water and Climate Center (NWCC), in cooperation wit the NRCS National Soil Survey Center, the system focuses on agricultural areas of the U.S. monitoring soil temperature and soil moisture at several depths, soil water level, air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, wind, percipitation, barometric pressure, and more.
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Quality Though they have proven to have great inherent and inferred scientific value, the data were not always collected using systematic search procedures. Biases have been introduced by observation techniques, camera settings, mission planning, changing science terminology, and observation location and sequencing, among other factors. In no way should these data be viewed or analyzed as random, structured, or systematic observations.
Access Constraints None, however VARS works on Windows 7 and XP, MAC OS X, and Linux/UNIX (with some limitations). It requires Java Runtime Environment, version 1.6 (aka Java 6) or later. Developers should have a basic understanding of Java and/or databases.
Use Constraints The VARS software is open source
Distribution Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: brian at mbari.org
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute 7700 Sandholdt Road
City: Moss Landing
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 95039-9644
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Global Change Master Directory
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
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