Anthony Watts announces the start-up of surfacestations.org, an effort to catalogue microsite information for weather stations used in the construction of surface temperature histories, an effort that is obviously highly worthwhile. Anthony:
As many of you know from watching blog postings here, I have made it my mission to photograph, survey, and catalog every USHCN station for the purposes of doing a qualitative analysis on the near surface temperature data produced by the USHCN dataset.
To that end, I have created http://www.surfacestations.org which links to a separate photographic database server that I have set up. It was designed from the start to be collaborative.
Therefore I’m writing today to ask your assistance in this project.
What are the goals?
To provide a standardized method for site survey and reporting so that interested individuals can gather site survey data, pictures, and anecdotal history of climate recording sites worldwide, and upload to a publicly searchable photographic database
To provide a repository for screened and approved qualitative and quantitative site survey data, pictures, and anecdotal history
To provide a publicly searchable database of such information for USHCN and GHCN climate station sites
To photographically document sites that have been well preserved and maintained through their history
To photographically demonstrate examples of sites that may introduce biases and errors through faulty siting, encroachments, or maintenance issues, and to identify specific issues when possible
The photographic database server has been setup and running successfully for about 10 days now, and between myself and my associate Russ Steele, we have managed to survey, photograph, and upload a number of USHCN stations in California. Feel free to visit and browse the online database to locate those California stations to see what we’ve found so far.
I have plans also to include the GHCN dataset and various GISS stations that are not part of the USHCN set. But given the sheer volume of that task, I’m deferring that until I can complete a database import mechanism. For now lets concentrate on USHCN.
Its easy to assist in this project – it also makes great adventure detour for summer vacations
If you’d like to survey photograph and photograph a USHCN station near you its just a few simple steps.
Locate the USHCN stations near you, a list is posted by state on http://www.surfacestations.org on the online photographic database server. You can also visit http://www.surfacestations.org/USHCN_stationlist.htm and select from the list there.
Download the “how to guide” and the blank “station survey” form from http://www.surfacestations.org
Follow the instructions in the “how to guide”, some sluething may be required to locate the USHCN station, your local state climatologist may be able to help
Photograph and survey the station, including getting a GPS fix.
Fill in the blanks in the site survey form, and prepare your pictures for upload.
Register your email account at http://www.surfacestations.org, then locate the station placeholder. If the station placeholder does not yet exist contact my assistant Jenni, email@example.com and she’ll setup a blank placeholder album for you.
Upload your pictures and site survey to the USHCN album with the name of the station you surveyed.
We will be actively creating new station placeholders for you to upload your results to this week. For now, there’s plenty of time to go have a fun an informative adventure in tracking down all the 1221 USHCN weather stations and getting them surveyed.
awatts at itworks.com