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Climate Database for the Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTER)
Entry ID: LTER_CLIMDB


Summary
Abstract: The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research
(LTER) program and many U. S. Forest Service Experimental Research
Stations collect and maintain extensive, long-term ecological
databases including streamflow and meteorological measurements. These
databases have been widely used in intersite comparisons, modeling
studies, and land management-related studies. To facilitate intersite
research among the network of LTER sites, information managers have
developed a prototype to provide climatic summaries dynamically over
the Internet ("http://www.fsl.orst.edu/climhy/climdb/"), and serves as
one model for improving access to data across sites (Baker et
al. 2000, Henshaw et al. 1998). Individual sites maintain local
climate data in local information systems while a centralized site
continually harvests, updates, and provides access to all sites' data
through a common database. Common distribution report formats and
graphical displays have been established to meet specific needs of
climate data users.

Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites have generally followed
established LTER Climate Committee guidelines (Greenland 1986) for
collecting baseline meteorological data. Standardized measurements
provide a basis for coordinating meteorological measurements at two or
more sites and enable intersite comparisons. However, access to
comparable datasets from multiple sites is problematic. While most
sites make climate data accessible via the World-Wide Web (WWW), the
data are displayed in a variety of formats, are aggregated using
different methods, and are often not easily located.

For more information, see:
"http://www.fsl.orst.edu/climhy/documents/climhydro_userguide.htm"

Related URL
Link: View Related Information
Description: Access to LTER climate data


Link: View Related Information
Description: Access to LTER sites.

Geographic Coverage
 N: -62.83 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0
 N: 76.63 S: 13.71  E: -61.48  W: -177.1

Data Set Citation
Dataset Creator: Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTER)
Dataset Title: Climate Database Project (CLIMDB)
Dataset Publisher: LTER
Version: Not provided
Online Resource: http://www.fsl.orst.edu/climdb/index.htm


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1951-01-01


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > CANADA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > ARCTIC
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > ALASKA > ALASKA


Science Keywords
AGRICULTURE >SOILS >SOIL MOISTURE/WATER CONTENT    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >SOILS >SOIL TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >SURFACE TEMPERATURE >AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >SURFACE TEMPERATURE >MAXIMUM/MINIMUM TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR INDICATORS >DEW POINT TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR INDICATORS >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR INDICATORS >WATER VAPOR    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >SURFACE WINDS >WIND SPEED    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >SURFACE WINDS >WIND DIRECTION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION AMOUNT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >SOLAR RADIATION    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >SNOW DEPTH    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >SNOW DEPTH    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >SURFACE WATER PROCESSES/MEASUREMENTS >DISCHARGE/FLOW    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >SURFACE WATER FEATURES >RIVERS/STREAMS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >WATER CHARACTERISTICS >WATER TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL MOISTURE/WATER CONTENT    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL TEMPERATURE    [Definition]


Platform
GROUND STATIONS    [Information]
GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS    [Information]


Quality
Quality is good. Each data site has its own Q/A procedures.


Keywords
AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY
Environmental Protection > Climate > Climate Change
Land And Freshwater Resources > Ecological Dynamics
CLIMATE
ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH
ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS
ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH SITES
LAND AND FRESHWATER RESOURCES
climate data
meteorological data


Data Center
Long-Term Ecological Research Network Office    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.lternet.edu/

Data Center Personnel
Name: LTER NETWORK OFFICE
Phone: 505-272-7316
Fax: 505-272-7080
Email: Office at LTERnet.edu
Contact Address:
LTER Network Office
University of New Mexico
Department of Biology
City: Albuquerque
Province or State: NM
Postal Code: 87131-1091
Country: USA


Personnel
LTER NETWORK OFFICE
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 505-272-7316
Fax: 505-272-7080
Email: Office at LTERnet.edu
Contact Address:
LTER Network Office
University of New Mexico
Department of Biology
City: Albuquerque
Province or State: NM
Postal Code: 87131-1091
Country: USA


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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-02-03
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-08-13



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