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1 California Climate Activities at the Western Regional Climate Center Laura M. Edwards California Climate Specialist Western Regional Climate Center Sacramento AMS Chapter October 20, 2005

2 Summary CalClim & California Climate Data Archive CalClim & California Climate Data Archive Other California Activities at WRCC Other California Activities at WRCC National efforts National efforts

3 CalClim Project

4 CalClim: California Climate Monitor climate variability and change in California Monitor climate variability and change in California Provide a reliable source for climate data and information via California Climate Data Archive (CCDA) Provide a reliable source for climate data and information via California Climate Data Archive (CCDA) California Climate Watch online newsletter California Climate Watch online newsletter Target audience: researchers, govt agencies, public interested in CA climate Target audience: researchers, govt agencies, public interested in CA climate

5 Partners In-state, so far we are working with: California Climate Change Center Scripps Climate Research Division California Department of Water Resources Division of Flood Management California Snow Survey California Data Exchange Center State Climatologist National Weather Service Weather Forecast Offices River Forecast Center California Energy Commission Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS, SCCOOS, PACOOS) California Air Resources Board (exploratory) UC Reserve System (Snow Lab, Sagehen, White Mtns, Santa Margarita) UC System (San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Merced, Davis?) CalFed

6 NWS Cooperative (COOP) network: NWS Cooperative (COOP) network: daily temp & precip Snowpack Telemetry (SNOTEL): snow depth and water content Snowpack Telemetry (SNOTEL): snow depth and water content Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS): Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS): hourly temps (air, fuel, RH, dew point), wind, precip, solar radiation Surface Airways (SAO/METAR): Surface Airways (SAO/METAR): hourly observations, mainly airports California Data Exchange Center (CDEC): California Data Exchange Center (CDEC): includes state Snow Survey sites, time periods vary California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS): California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS): Central valley, agriculture-focused network including temps, precip, wind, solar radiation & calculated ET NOAA buoys & many small coastal area networks NOAA buoys & many small coastal area networks California Air Resources Board (CARB), air quality, some met. California Air Resources Board (CARB), air quality, some met. CCDA Data Sources

7 Current CalClim Activities SNOTEL/California Snow Survey SNOTEL/California Snow Survey –Combine these 2 useful, yet independent, data sets –Provide common output format –Be able to visualize side- by-side +

8 Climate Indices Beginning with precipitation and temperature from SOD (Climate Watch) Beginning with precipitation and temperature from SOD (Climate Watch) Looking at 50-, 75- and 100-year (or longer) records Looking at 50-, 75- and 100-year (or longer) records % complete % complete Weighting of microclimate or geographic regions? Weighting of microclimate or geographic regions? Temporal resolution Temporal resolution Expand into other variables and/or pressure levels: wind, solar, 700 mb Expand into other variables and/or pressure levels: wind, solar, 700 mb

9 Other Sponsored Projects in California

10 Enhanced California Climate Monitoring (CEC) Use indices and metadata inventory to find locations Use indices and metadata inventory to find locations Emphasize coastal areas, and transition over Sierra Nevada Emphasize coastal areas, and transition over Sierra Nevada New installations and augmenting existing equipment New installations and augmenting existing equipment Similar to CRN, looking for long-term potential Similar to CRN, looking for long-term potential

11 National Park Service Extension of similar projects on individual park scale Extension of similar projects on individual park scale Inventory of weather and climate monitoring in all units of the national park system Inventory of weather and climate monitoring in all units of the national park system Create webpages to view inventory, using GIS Create webpages to view inventory, using GIS Lead to archiving?? Lead to archiving?? New hires!! New hires!!

12 More CRN to Come… 1 site left to survey in NW Nevada 1 site left to survey in NW Nevada Yuma, AZ approved Yuma, AZ approved Pending in the West: Pending in the West: –SW Montana –Central Moccasin Experiment Station –Northern Utah My suggestions for NW Nevada/California…

13 WRCC - California projects in a nutshell Baseline activities (NOAA, WRCC) California Applications Program (NOAA, Scripps) California Climate Data Archive (CEC, Scripps) California Coastal Climate Data Archive (CEC, Scripps) Enhanced California Climate Monitoring (CEC) Sierra Nevada Climate Monitoring (CEC, Scripps) Blue Oaks Paleoclimate (Calfed, U AR / U AZ / Scripps) Climate Reference Network (NOAA) Yosemite Wireless (NSF, Scripps, NPS) RAWS QC (NIFC Boise) Channel Islands (USGS / NPS) Caljet/Pacjet program successor – SHARE (NOAA, __?)

14 WRCC – National projects with California connections Climate Reference Network Western US (NOAA) National snow data set (NOAA, Rutgers, UNL, ISWS) Hydroclimatic extremes (NSF, Scripps, UNR) National historical/current radiosonde database (NOAA) RAWS, and thus any network with subdaily data (BLM) Soil moisture estimation for rangelands (BLM) Westmap: time series, spatial PRISM data (NOAA, UAZ, OSU) CUAHSI Sierra Nevada Hydrologic Observatory (in prog) Visualization of climate anomalies (NOAA, U AZ)

15 Contact Info Laura Edwards Laura Edwards www.calclim.dri.edu WRCC WRCC www.wrcc.dri.edu


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