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Information Management at Niwot Ridge LTER

Information Management at Niwot Ridge LTER

Three general types of data are recognized by Niwot Ridge LTER data management personnel. These data are archived in their least manipulated form, and all subsequent processing is performed on copies of these files.

Strategies of the current data management program:

  • Design field and laboratory data collection forms.
  • Design on-screen forms for manual entry of data, including the following features:
    1. Rekey verification (double entry)
    2. Range restrictions
    3. Table lookup
    4. Field defaults
  • Use standardized protocols for archiving raw and modified data.
  • Make frequent (daily to weekly) backups of all computers used for data management.
  • Develop scripts and programs for final processing of both manually entered and electronic data. Implement and maintain software (e.g., GCE Data Toolbox) for processing, including conducting QAQC (quality assurance/quality control), and formatting sensor-generated and other data.
  • Use file versioning as well as file and directory permissions to prevent unauthorized modification of data and to maintain a complete record of authorized modifications to data files.
  • Maintain up-to-date, detailed documentation of all data management protocols (including complete listings of all scripts and programs).
  • Maintain complete records of all QAQC changes applied to data sets.
  • Maintain NWT LTER server to provide access to metadata for all centrally archived data files, as well as access to non-proprietary data.

Data Access

Welcome to Niwot Ridge LTER Data Access Home

Most non-spatial data sets available via the Niwot Ridge LTER server are "stand-alone" ASCII files available for download.  Each data set also has a corresponding text file describing its metadata.


Live Meteorological Data

D1 - Meteorological Data

D1 - Meteorological Data

The following meteorological data are from the D1 station on Niwot Ridge. The peak wind gust information is recorded instantaneously with a sampling interval of 5 seconds. The other measurements are one hour averages comprised of 720 samples collected at 5 second intervals. All the parameters are updated at the top of...


Saddle - Meteorological Data

Saddle - Meteorological Data

The following meteorological data are from the Saddle on Niwot Ridge. The peak wind gust information is recorded instantaneously, with a sampling interval of 5 seconds. The other measurements are one hour averages comprised of 720 samples collected at 5 second intervals. All the parameters are updated at the top of...


C1 - Meteorological Data

C1 - Meteorological Data

The following meteorological data are from the C1 station on Niwot Ridge. The peak wind gust information is recorded instantaneously, with a sampling interval of 5 seconds. The other measurements are one hour averages comprised of 720 samples collected at 5 second intervals. All the parameters are updated at the top...


Geospatial Data Access

GeoSpatial

Geospatial Data Layers for Niwot Ridge LTER

Google Earth application that shows study site extents, sampling and sensor locations, LIDAR, aerial imagery, and historic images.


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-1027341. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necesarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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