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GES DISC DAAC Data Guide: Meteorological Station Source Document

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Summary:

Meteorological stations collect various environmental data from a variety of instruments. A meteorological station could collect data such as precipitation, temperature, pressure, relative humidity, and wind speed and direction. Data are collected from meteorological stations on a periodic basis. The collection can be either manual or automatic. The meterological parameters collected at the meteorological stations can be used in a variety of environmental studies including the development of climatological databases.

Table of Contents:

1. Source/Platform or Data Collection Environment Overview:

Source/Platform or Data Collection Environment Long Name, Source/Platform Acronym:

Meteorological Station.

Source/Platform Introduction:

Collection Environment:

Ground

Source/Platform Program Management:

The program management of meteorological stations varies depending on the particular study data for which the data is being collected.

Source/Platform Mission Objectives:

The source mission objective was to provide quality precipitation observations to support enviromental studies.

Source/Platform Parameters:

This information is not applicable to the meteorological station source.

Coverage Information:

The coverage information for a meteorological station varies depending upon the physical location of the instruments collecting the data. Generally, the coverage is limited to the vicinity near the station.

Attitude Characteristics:

This information is not applicable to the meteorological station source.

Data Collection System:

Rain gauges.

Communication Links:

This information is not available for the meteorological station source at this time.

List of Sensors/Instruments:

Instruments at meteorological stations can include:
  • rain gauges,
  • thermometers,
  • barometers,
  • anemometers,
  • psychrometers.

2. Ground Segment Information:

Tracking and Control:

This information is not applicable to the meteorological station source.

Data Acquisition and Processing:

This information is not available for the meteorological station source at this time.

Latitude Crossing Times:

This information is not applicable to the meteorological station source.

3. References:

No publications are available at this time.

4. Glossary of Terms:

See the EOSDIS Glossary for a more general listing of terms related to the Earth Observing System project.

Anemometer

An instrument that measures wind speed and direction.

Barometer

An instrument that measures atmospheric pressure.

Meteorological station

A site located on the surface of the earth that collects various meteorological parameters from a variety of instruments.

Psychrometer

An instrument for measuring relative humidity.

Rain gauge

An instrument that measures the amount of precipitation in the location of the instrument since the last collection was made from the rain gauge.

5. List of Acronyms:

See the EOSDIS Acronyms for a more general listing of terms related to the Earth Observing System project.

URL

Uniform Resource Locator

6. Document Information:

Document Revision Date:Fri May 10 11:52:58 EDT 2002

October 23, 1995

Document Review Date:

October 20, 1995

Document ID:

Not available at this time.

Change History

Version 2.0
Version baselined on addition to the GES Controlled Documents List, October 20, 1995.
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