A meeting was held on September 29th to evaluate the final three grid site locations in Alaska for the eventual installation of U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) stations in Alaska. This is a milestone for the program, as all 29 selected grid points across the state of Alaska have been surveyed and evaluated for eventual installation of the last 8 stations through 2022; with the possibility of one additional station in 2023 as budgets allow. The evaluation team consisted of scientists and engineers from ATDD; the National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, NC; and the NWS Alaska Region Headquarters in Anchorage, AK, and the meeting was chaired by ARL’s Howard Diamond who serves as the USCRN Program Manager. For more information please contact Howard Diamond at 301-
On October 3rd, ATDD’s Howard Diamond, in his role as the U.S. National Coordinator for the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), was invited to present an overview of the GCOS program – both internationally as well as with the latest on the U.S. GCOS effort – to the U.S. Global Change Research Program’ s (USGCRP) Observations Interagency Working Group (ObsIWG). The ObsIWG was a key group in helping to complete the Climate Societal Benefit Area (a group co-chaired by Howard) annex for the Federal Government’s Earth Observation Assessment 2016 (EOA-2016) which was completed in December 2016. The briefing went very well, and the new connections established will be a positive thing for helping to further any future national GCOS coordination with respect to atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial, and remote sensing climate observing across the Federal Government.