The primary objective of the first climate inventory was to compile baseline climate data useful to NPS biologists, hydrologists, and resource managers. The inventory integrated data from more than 6,000 precipitation stations and 4,000 temperature stations across the conterminous United States to develop maps with relevant climate variables. The inventory produced both GIS-based and tabular products and these are now available for most NPS units. Climate Station Inventory Reports for all 32 I&M Vital Signs networks have been completed and they can be downloaded from http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/nps/reports.php. You can also access the climate station inventory report for the Klamath Network by clicking on the link below.
Climate inventory data needed by NPS are currently managed and stored by outside organizations that specialize in managing climate inventory data. These data sources include:
The Inventory and Monitoring Division has also developed a stable repository for climate data. This repository provides a means for NPS staff to access, manage, and use climate data in a single and consistent format, thereby averting duplications of effort. Use of this database is documented through a series of standard operating procedures (SOPs) which are available from IRMA via this Direct Link.
The following diagrams show the yearly patterns of precipitation and temperature at each of the Klamath Network parks.