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Who Can Benefit

  1. Program Overview
  2. Why A USCRN is Needed
  3. Who Can Benefit
  4. Site Selection Criteria
  5. What is Measured
  6. Station Instruments
  7. Site Photos

The USCRN cooperates with many federal, state, and local governmental entities and some private non-profit groups who provide sites and host services for stations. Local site hosts can access the climate data at their locations for their own needs as well. This joint effort can minimize the cost of operating the USCRN while maximizing the benefits and information obtained from the network. Beyond the site hosts, many government and commercial entities benefit from access to USCRN observations currently, including the Departments of Commerce, Interior, and Agriculture; NASA; and various firms needing high quality environmental measurements. The USCRN system is designed for future expansion, with data logger ports available for expansion, such as when soil moisture/soil temperature and humidity instruments were added to the stations in 2009-2011 through a cooperative venture with the National Integrated Drought Information System. The USCRN data has application to weather forecasting, agriculture, hydrology, and commercial interests, among others, in addition to its primary purpose of operationally monitoring climate anomalies and detecting climate change.

Examples of Potential Benefits

benefit icon Commercial Sector

Over the last decade, the amount of money in our economy that is directly impacted by the reliability of NOAA's climate data has increased dramatically. Errors in the data which might not have mattered a decade ago can now cost individuals and corporations millions of dollars. The Climate Reference Network would be able to provide various sectors of the economy with reliable data.

The USCRN could provide important information to the energy sector.

The USCRN could provide important contributions to agricultural and natural resource development.

benefit icon Department of Interior/Department of Agriculture

benefit icon National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

benefit icon Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

benefit icon National Weather Service