INSIGHTS and INNOVATIONS The Climate Rainfall Data Center An Online Data Service Center BY WESLE Y BERG AN D CHRISTIAN KUMMEROW ost datasets are well described by the individu- To assist users in the selection of the appropriate als generating or distributing them, but no data dataset(s) for a given application, NASA has funde d Msites exist that summarize the strengths and th e development of a Climate Rainfall Data Center weaknesses of all the diverse options. As such, it is not (CRDC ) (http://rain.atmos.colostate.edu/ surprising that many users are confused about what CRDC) . The CRD C is an experimental data service product to use and where to go to get the data. In ad- center designed to assess if overall data access an d us- dition, errors associated with time-dependent regional age fro m NASA data centers can be improved by add- biases can limit the usefulness of these data for certain ing a layer of service that is discipline specific, while climate applications. Even withi n the realm of climate leaving the data distribution task to existing data rainfall products (i.e., products averaged over signifi- centers. The CRDC Web site is designed to provide cant time
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 2005
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