Quality Of Global Climate Surface Observing Sites

Photograph courtesy of Karen O’Brien [a climate observing site in Chiapas Mexico –  in this case for pan evaporation]

Anthony Watts, Evan Jones and the numerous outstanding volunteers have provided us with an effective, land breaking documentati0n of the quality of siting of surface observations that are used in the construction of the US Historical Climate Network. Anthony reported on this topic in the outstanding report

Watts, A. 2009: Is the U.S. Surface Temperature Record Reliable? 28 pages, March 2009 The Heartland Institute.

Anthony’s research as led to our first joint paper on this subject

Fall, S., A. Watts, J. Nielsen-Gammon, E. Jones, D. Niyogi, J. Christy, and R.A. Pielke Sr., 2011: Analysis of the impacts of station exposure on the U.S. Historical Climatology Network temperatures and temperature trends. J. Geophys. Res., 116, D14120, doi:10.1029/2010JD015146.Copyright (2011) American Geophysical Union.

On December 12 2006 I posted examples of photographs of observing sites outside of the USA in the post

New Evidence Of Temperature Observing Sites Which Are Poorly Sited With Respect To The Construction Of Global Average Land Surface Temperature Trends

Over the next few weeks, I will post the photographs that appear on that site as well as others that I am able to find.  I encourage readers of my weblog to e-mail me information on other sites which I can post on the weblog. There is also a need to identify which of the posted sites are GHCN locations.  This, hopefully, is a first step to extend Anthony’s analysis world wide. While these stations do not have the photographs from each cardinal direction, they are still very useful.

The first three stations are the following:

1. Lusaka Zambia

2. Katmandu Nepal

3. Nassau Bahamas

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