Climate Variability and Change in Central Oklahoma
Great Plains Agroclimate and Natural Resources Research Unit
2013 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Collaborate with Oklahoma Mesonet on climate monitoring, research, and applications related to climate variability and change.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
A site for weather and groundwater monitoring will be maintained at the Grazinglands Research Laboratory as part of the Oklahoma Mesonet. This site will support individual research applications related to microclimate. Meso-scale research and applications will draw from the state-wide network of monitoring sites to evaluate hydrologic and agricultural management options.
A station for monitoring weather and climate was operated and maintained by Oklahoma Mesonet staff at the El Reno site. Data are published in real-time on the Oklahoma Mesonet website. A long-term monitoring site, supported by Oklahoma EPSCoR and this project, was established to support a broad range of remote sensing and modeling research, including phenology and greenhouse gas flux measurement. An OU post doctoral researcher is establishing a bird monitoring project in conjunction with the long-term site. The site was featured as a stop for the laboratory's Field Day 2013, and information was shared with approximately 150 participants.