Climate Science

Mountain Prairie provides resources on climate that support the needs of state agencies, federal and state land managers and scientists studying key regional ecosystems such as Greater Yellowstone, the Northern Rockies, the Great Plains, and the Prairie Pothole Region.

Key Project:

  • Climate Monitoring in the Greater Yellowstone is an ambitious project that organizes multi-state climate station data.

Other Climate Resources:

Climate and Terrain - Climate data are recorded at individual climate stations that may or may not represent other local to regional locations. Terrain data (e.g., digital elevation models) are sometimes used as part of modeling efforts to extend point-based climate data to create climate surfaces across complex landscapes.
  • Daymet - a model that generates daily surfaces of temperature, precipitation, humidity, and radiation over large regions of complex terrain.
(CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE) Historical Climate Data - Climate Station Data of the Northern Rocky Mountains - An interactive mapping application that allows you to select individual climate (CLIM/SNOTEL) stations and view and use exploratory data analysis tools to view daily, monthly, yearly temperature and precipitation data: averages, time series, and El Nino/La Nina comparisons. Station data is also available for downloading.

    Climate Resources for the Mountain Prairie Region
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    CollapseClimate Change Emphasis Area, U.S. Forest Service
    Description: The Forest Service has several inter-related programs to help forests, grasslands and humans mitigate and adapt to global climate change. Topic areas include ecosystem services, research and development, sustainable operations, biomass utilization, ecological restoration, international programs, and educator resources.
    Resource Type: Federal Government Agencies (U.S.)
    Resource Format: URL
    Publisher: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    CollapseCoCoRaHS - Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network
    Description: CoCoRaHS is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. The only requirements to join are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can effect and impact our lives.
    Resource Type: Non-profit Agencies
    Resource Format: URL
    Publisher: Colorado Climate Center
    CollapseHigh Plains Regional Climate Center
    Description: The mission of the High Plains Regional Climate Center is to increase the use and availability of climate data in the High Plains region. HPRCC personnel work closely with scientists from other regional and federal climate centers on climate services and programs and provide a regional structure for climate applications. The long-term objectives of the HPRCC are to carry out applied climate studies, develop improved climate information products, and provide climate services in the High Plains region.
    Resource Type: Federal Government Agencies (U.S.)
    Resource Format: GIF (med res), URL
    Publisher: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
    CollapseUnited States Environmental Protection Agency - Climate Change
    Description: EPA's Climate Change Site offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society - communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments.
    Resource Type: Federal Government Agencies (U.S.)
    Resource Format: URL
    Publisher: United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
    CollapseWestern Regional Climate Center
    Description: The Western Regional Climate Center, inaugurated in 1986, is one of six regional climate centers in the United States. The regional climate center program is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Specific oversight is provided by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). The mission of the Western Regional Climate Center is to disseminate high quality climate data and information pertaining to the western United States; foster better use of this information in decision-making; conduct applied research related to climate issues; and improve the coordination of climate-related activities at state, regional and national scales.
    Resource Type: Federal Government Agencies (U.S.)
    Resource Format: GIF (med res), JPG (med res), URL
    Publisher: Desert Research Institute
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    The latest news releases from NOAA - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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    Climate Science

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    RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists.

    Featured Fire Resource

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    The Fire Research And Management Exchange System or FRAMES is a web-based information management system designed to facilitate information transfer between wildland fire science and management.

    The stated goal is "to make wildland fire data, metadata, tools, and other information resources easy to find, access, distribute, compare, and use."

    FRAMES offers a single secure access point to critical information and applications such as datasets, databases, publications, decision support tools, simulation models, interactive CD-ROMs, videos, and other tools.

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