Science and Technology Seminar


The Co-Operative Observational (COOP) Network Explained

Avoiding the Obstacles and Providing A Way Forward


Joel Cline



Officially started in 1890 the COOP program remains around 10000 observational sites nationwide. Both a weather and climate observational network, COOP provides critical information to numerous stakeholder groups. Confusion exists today with various other climate monitoring networks such as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN), Historical Climate Network (HCN), and HCN-Modernization (HCN-M). These networks will be explained both spatially and through their mission, in order to show how each relates to the other.


COOP has experienced numerous difficulties in continuous observations in order to preserve the climate record for the United States. We will explore the programs deficiencies in detail and provide a plan of solutions for the program to remain viable and move forward in the future.






June 17, 2009

2:00 - 3:00 p.m., E.T.

SSMC#2, Room 2358






















(Contact: Bob Glahn at (301) 713-1768)