Earth Networks and National Institute of Standards and Technology Enter Cooperative Agreement for Climate Measurement Research
Collaboration Covers Collection and Analysis of Data for Regional Prototype Greenhouse Gas Observation Networks
Germantown, MD – June 1, 2011 – Earth Networks™, the owner and operator of the largest weather observing and lightning network, announces an agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the federal technology agency that works with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards. Through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), Earth Networks will work with NIST to configure and operate prototype greenhouse gas (GHG) observation networks for measuring carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere at local scales. NIST will also evaluate data provided by Earth Networks.
The news is the latest from Germantown, Md.-based Earth Networks, which announced in January the launch of the first privately funded greenhouse gas monitoring network. Earth Networks, in close collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is deploying a highly scalable and integrated greenhouse gas monitoring network that will observe and measure atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane trace gases on a regional-to-local scale as never before.
In the near term, Earth Networks and NIST will collaborate to design, instrument, and analyze the data from prototype greenhouse gas (GHG) observing networks for measuring carbon dioxide, methane, and other GHGs in the atmosphere at multiple geographical scales. The location of the first prototype network will be determined later this year, and multiple sites are being considered. As part of the initiative, Earth Networks will provide data from its weather and greenhouse gas networks to NIST.
“NIST is developing new tools and capabilities to measure the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, to determine their movement through it both locally and regionally, to attribute emissions to sources, and to assess the portion that is man-made,” says James Whetstone, Special Assistant to the Director, Greenhouse Gases, National Institute of Standards and Technology. “By collaborating with Earth Networks in this research effort, NIST can take advantage of private sector capabilities and expertise to gain a better understanding and evaluate the certainty of the measurements, models, and data derived from a geographically dense network of greenhouse gas observing stations.”
“Our formal collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology will strengthen our confidence in the value of information extracted from the interplay between models and data gathered by our greenhouse gas monitoring network,” says Earth Networks CEO Bob Marshall. “Collaborations with other government agencies, including NOAA, and work with leading research organizations, such as Scripps Institution of Oceanography, provide further verification of the quality of our data for many applications, including the quantification of carbon emission sources and sinks.”
About Earth Networks™
Earth Networks operates the largest weather observation and lightning networks in the world and is establishing a global environmental data network on an unprecedented scale. Earth Networks owns and operates the WeatherBug brand, which precisely monitors, organizes and distributes global weather information. The WeatherBug consumer brand (http://www.weatherbug.com) reaches millions as a trusted source for live, local weather information, while the WeatherBug professional brand (http://www.weatherbugprofessional.com) serves a variety of markets that include federal, state and local governments, education, agriculture, energy and utilities, sports and recreation, media and transportation. Each day, consumers and organizations, including the National Weather Service, turn to WeatherBug to plan daily activities, safeguard lives and improve business operations. Earth Networks is based in Germantown, Maryland and is online at www.earthnetworks.com.