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The Nevada Research Data Center (NRDC) joins DataONE

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

DataONE welcomes the Nevada Research Data Center (NRDC) as the newest Member Node to join the federation. Based at the University of Nevada, Reno, the NRDC currently serves up data from the NevCAN project. NevCAN is a network of sites dedicated to the monitoring and recording of climate conditions in some of the most remote places in Nevada. The transects set up at each of these sites have a variety of sensors such as air temperature and humidity, imagery, precipitation, soil moisture, and tree sap flow. In addition, several efforts have been pursued in improving climate change education as well as climate modeling.

Data from NevCAN (grant # EPS-0814372), also known as the Nevada Climate Change Portal, will expand the geographic coverage of data discoverable via DataONE. NevCAN contains several sites spread out over the Sheep range in southern Nevada as well as Spring Valley and the Snake range in the northern part of the state near the Utah border. The NRDC is also supporting the Walker Basin Hydroclimate sites, located in western Nevada.

About DataONE: DataONE enables universal access to data and also facilitates researchers in fulfilling their need for data management and in providing secure and permanent access to their data. DataONE offers the scientific community a suite of tools and training materials that cover all aspects of the data life cycle from data collection, to management, analysis and publication.

About NRDC: The NRDC was created from NevCAN and is now part of an NSF EPSCoR Track 1 grant studying the effects of solar energy generation on water resources and the environment (grant # IIA-1301726). The purpose of the center is to support projects by offering a data management and research sharing platform, as well as providing additional software development services as needed. Currently, the NRDC supports 4 different projects, mostly involving observed environmental data, and several more are being discussed, including projects with large hydro-forecasting and economics data.