Climate Monitoring Station Installation and Data Management for the National Park Service Pacific Islands Inventory and Monitoring Network

Principal Investigator:  David Simeral

Project Description:  Working in collaboration with the National Park (NPS) Pacific Islands Inventory and Monitoring Network, the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC) installed a network of 10 long-term weather/climate monitoring stations in NPS parks across the Pacific Islands.  The WRCC has been tasked with operations and maintenance of the network as well as data ingestion procedures allowing for near real-time data access to the public.  The network has been operational since 2012 in the following park units:  American Memorial Park (Northern Marianna Islands - Saipan); Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; Kalaupapa National Historical Park (NHP) (Molokai); National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa); Pu’uhonua O Honaunau NHP (Hawaii); and Pu’ukohola Heiau NHP (Hawaii).  The network was established to provide high-quality climate data to assess and identify trends associated with climatic change/variability.  Data from the network is being used by park managers, planners, interpreters, scientists, and partners to support management decision-making, park planning, research, education, and public understanding of park resources. 

Data Access: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/NPS.html

Project Contact:  David Simeral, Associate Research Scientist – Climatology, Western Regional Climate Center, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

climate monitoring station1.1Climate monitoring station at American Memorial Park, Northern Marianna Islands, Spain.
climate monitoring station2PUHE climate monitoring station at Pu’ukohola Heiau NHP, island of Hawaii.
 
climate monitoring station3David Simeral performing field maintenance at the Nene Cabin climate monitoring station on the south flank of Mauna Loa, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.