CSU gets $1.2 million to beef up national weather monitoring network
FORT COLLINS - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network based at Colorado State University $1.2 million to improve its national volunteer precipitation-reporting network.
Nolan Doesken, state climatologist and founder of CoCoRaHS, will lead the three-year grant as part of NOAA's Environmental Literacy Grants program, of which only 17 were issued nationwide. CSU will collaborate with Oregon State University and several NOAA institutions in carrying out the project.
The program taps volunteers of all ages to document the quantity, intensity, duration and patterns of precipitation by taking sample measurements in their own backyards.
"CoCoRaHA will focus on developing a new Internet infrastructure that can handle a heavier load of users, more volunteers, more applications and greater utilization of smart phone/hand-held device technology," said Henry Reges, the network's national coordinator.
"We are striving to make CoCoRaHS a richer learning experience for existing volunteers as well as effectively reach and engage more and younger audiences," said Doesken. "This is a very practical and useful way for all of us to learn more about our climate."
Volunteers need only a cylindrical rain gauge, some training and an interest in weather to participate in the program. For more information or to volunteer, visit http://www.cocorahs.org/.
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