Temperature moistureg/soil temperature monitoring network pilot project

TitleTemperature moistureg/soil temperature monitoring network pilot project
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1996
AuthorsSchaefer, G. L., and Schilling D.
Conference Name64th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 64th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1996
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationBend, Oregon
KeywordsPilot project, Soil moisture, Soil temperature

The problem exists that no national coordinated system is available to collect, interpret, and archive the atmospheric and soil climatic data required for global change and natural resource assessment, analysis and research. Baseline information is critically needed for research into these areas and to begin the process of obtaining historical information which is required to make better resource management decisions. As a result of this problem, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Resoures Inventory and Geographical Information System Division (RIGIS), formerly the Resources Inventory Division (RID), which has the responsibility for monitoring and conducting a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) for accessing short term natural phenomenon, and development of national trends collaborated with the Soils Division in 1990 and established a Soil Moisture/Soil Temperature (SM/ST) Pilot Project (formerly called Global Climate Change Pilot Project). Twenty-one sites have been established in nineteen states across the United States. These sites have been operating since 1992.