02 Jul '12, 12pm

The Tricky Business of Counting Rain

The Tricky Business of Counting Rain

July 2, 2012, 8:02 am The Tricky Business of Counting Rain By DYLAN WALSH NOAA A “climate reference” station in Wyoming. It monitors precipitation and temperature as well as solar radiation and wind speed. The number of water-monitoring stations around the world has declined steadily over the last quarter-century, and economic doldrums and a lack of resolve on the policy-making front could cause the trend to hold for years to come, researchers warn. This could deprive scientists and practitioners of data essential to immediate and long-term water resource management decisions, many argue. From 1989 to 2006, the number of stations across Europe fell by nearly half, from 10,000 to less than 6,000, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Hydrometeorology. (Half of the 6,000 are in Germany.) A far more precipitous decline occurred in South America, where th...

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