Here is the update on the weather station maintenance plan.
Status: Kevin, Becca, and Shane will be talking with DRI next Thursday, 2/12/15, regarding the contract, plan, and schedule for the maintenance of weather stations for 2015. Currently, we have funds for maintenance of all of the original NSF-funded stations, one per reserve. We will be getting a per station cost for reserves that have multiple stations. If there is extra funding, we could potentially supplement these sites, otherwise the reserve or PIs managing the station will be responsible for maintenance or the cost of DRI to do it. Once we finalize the details an update will be sent to the manager’s and steward’s lists.
Future: I have no information on future funding at this time. We are pursuing the idea of hiring a dedicated person to do the maintenance in the future, but the funding uncertainties limit what we can do. We will have been in discussion with the Keck Hydrowatch folks who have personnel. We have broached partnering with ISEECI and will continue those discussions. There are several data options (storage, QAQC, access) that still need to be looked at: DRI, Keck, ISEECI, other.