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Applying the Ten Principles of Climate Monitoring in NWS Field Operations


Tim Owen

Robert J. Leffler



Archived Training






This session provides NWS field personnel with information on how to apply the “Ten Principles of Climate Monitoring” to operations of the nation’s weather and climate observing networks. The unit is targeted at Regional Climate Services Program Managers, Regional Cooperative Observer Program Managers, WFO focal points, WFO MICs, and SOOs. However, anyone is welcome to participate.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Background information on the relevance of climate monitoring principles to NWS field operations.
  • Communication paths and coordination channels with climate community partners are identified.
  • The ten principles are reviewed.
  • Actions required by NWS field personnel to insure compliance with each principle are reviewed.

Training Session Options

  1. VISITview playback without Audio – You may step through the VISITview file on your own to view the presentation. If talking points are available, you may use these in tandem with going through the slides.

    Create a directory to download the playback file from the following site:

    After extracting the files into that directory click on the visitlocal.bat file to start the lesson. Advance slides on your own using the navigation controls (i.e., the Next button will advance to the next slide)

References/Additional Links

  • Talking points¬†are available for this lesson and may be printed out to easily review the session in detail at any time.
  • NNDC Climate Data Online
  • Karl, T.R., V.E. Derr, D.R. Easterling, C.K. Folland, D.J. Hoffman, S. Levitus, N. Nicholls, D.E. Parker, and G.W. Withee, 1995: Critical issues for long-term climate monitoring. Climatic Change, 31, 185-221.
This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites


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