United States Climate Reference Network (USCRN) Raw Experimental Datasets

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The Experimental USCRN data consists of data from four separate locations. Two of these stations--Johnstown, PA and Sterling, VA--were used to establish USCRN data collection and processing for precipitation. These "testbed" stations were important to evaluate the best instrumentation for the USCRN sites and their relation to other standard precipitation gauges available between 2003 and 2008. Also included is data from Marshall Field, Boulder, CO which continues to be used to calibrate different instruments used at the USCRN sites. Finally, Tiksi, Russia (Sakha Republic) is an experimental subset of USCRN standard equipment being tested in a severely cold environment. The two "testbed" stations (Johnstown and Sterling) are now inactive, but the expectation is that Marshall and Tiksi will continue to operate and send data to archive on a monthly basis. Documentation accompanies the experimental data based on location.
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  • NCEI DSI 6132_xx
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C00957
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Time Period 2000-11-15 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 72.0
S: -15.0
E: 128.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2017-09-30
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency Irregular
Purpose These experimental stations are used to calibrate and understand how the various USCRN instruments perform in different areas and climates.
Use Limitations
  • Data are not intended to be used as climate reference stations. Station data is used to check instrument and data calibration measurements. Johnstown and Sterling data are integrated into one archive package; due to a lack of resources and documentation, Johnstown-Sterling data has limited usability.
Dataset Citation
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Cited Authors
  • DOC/NOAA > National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Originators
  • DOC/NOAA > National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Temperature > Air Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Temperature > Maximum/minimum Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Amount
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Humidity
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Surface Winds
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Incoming Solar Radiation
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Solar Radiation
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Temperature > Skin Temperature
  • Earth Science > Land Surface > Soils > Soil Moisture/water Content
  • Earth Science > Land Surface > Soils > Soil Texture
  • Earth Science > Land Surface > Surface Thermal Properties > Land Surface Temperature
Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Air Temperature
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Wind Speed And Direction
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Precipitation
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Surface Radiation Budget (including Solar Irradiance)
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Water Vapour
  • Terrestrial - Soil Moisture
  • Terrestrial - Land Surface Temperature
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • Meteorological Stations
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • Anemometers
  • PYRANOMETERS
  • FAN-ASPIRATED RADIATION SHIELD
  • Rain Gauges
  • SOIL TEMPERATURE PROBE
  • SOIL MOISTURE PROBE
  • TEMPERATURE SENSORS
  • HUMIDITY SENSORS
  • Thermometers
  • DISDROMETERS
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Geographic Region > Polar
  • Geographic Region > Mid-latitude
  • Continent > North America > United States Of America
  • Continent > Europe > Eastern Europe > Russian Federation
  • Continent > North America > United States Of America > Colorado
  • Continent > North America > United States Of America > Pennsylvania
  • Continent > North America > United States Of America > Virginia
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • U.S. Climate Reference Network - USCRN
Data Resolution keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Horizontal Data Resolution Keywords
  • 250 km - < 500 km or approximately 2.5 degrees - < 5.0 degrees
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Vertical Data Resolution Keywords
  • < 1 meter
  • 1 meter - < 10 meters
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Temporal Data Resolution Keywords
  • Hourly - < Daily
  • 1 minute - < 1 hour
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
Use Constraints
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Fees
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Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement Experimental stations were established to check the quality and consistency of USCRN Program data and instruments. More information can be found at the USCRN website or papers describing the creation of the USCRN Program.
Processing Environment Marshall data are collected from NOAA/ATDD via FTP. Tiksi data are collected via FTP from NOAA’s Environmental Technology Laboratory. Johnstown-Sterling data are no longer collected. CRNingest then reads the raw data, applies QC flags, determines priority, calculates elements, writes data to the database.
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2018-05-04
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