We propose a collaborative project with the USGS, Wyoming State Climate Office, USFWS, USFS, and the NPS whereby we will assemble and maintain long-term records of climate from key stations in and around the Great Northern LCC and subject these records to a rigorous series of QA/QC procedures. Where appropriate we will use best available practices to infill missing data, and we will develop station histories (e.g., details of station moves, instrumentation changes, etc.) as a context for interpreting these records. We will then rigorously analyze patterns of long-term (50-100 years) variability and trends in these datasets, and provide summaries designed to meet the needs of non-climate specialists working in the GNLCC (see Rocky Mountain Climate Working Group 2009). We will also make these records publicly available in an accessible and usable format, and the suite of resulting products will include 1) raw, unedited, 2) infilled and, 3) fully QA/QCd versions of these datasets. In addition to the data compilation and analysis functions of this project, we will create a suite of outreach tools to explain the various types and sources of climate dataavailable for Great Northern LCC region, tutorials on working with climate data, and interpretation materials which enhance the understanding of the importance of climate variability and change throughout the region.
Objectives: Produce informational products tailored for users with a diversity backgrounds and needs Develop user awareness of strengths and weaknesses (i.e., uncertainties) in observed, proxy, and modeled climate data Provide targeted workshops for GNLCC scientists and resource manager
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