31 August 2011
Climate Monitoring: NOAA can Improve Management of the US Historical Climatology Network
This report examines issues related to the siting of US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) statioins. Specifically, the author examines how National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) selected weather-monitoring stations for inclusion in the USHCN and the extent to which such stations meet siting standards and management requirements for weather-monitoring stations. He further examines the extent to which NOAA tracks USHCN stations' adherence to siting standards and management requirements and has established a policy for addressing stations that do not adhere to siting standards.
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Anu K Mittal
US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington, DC