Towards a standardised metadata protocol for urban meteorological networks
Muller, C. L., Chapman, L., Grimmond, C. S. B., Young, D. T. and Cai, X. (2013) Towards a standardised metadata protocol for urban meteorological networks. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94 (8). pp. 1161-1185. ISSN 1520-0477
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With the growing number and significance of urban meteorological networks (UMNs) across the world, it is becoming critical to establish a standard metadata protocol. Indeed, a review of existing UMNs indicate large variations in the quality, quantity, and availability of metadata containing technical information (i.e., equipment, communication methods) and network practices (i.e., quality assurance/quality control and data management procedures). Without such metadata, the utility of UMNs is greatly compromised. There is a need to bring together the currently disparate sets of guidelines to ensure informed and well-documented future deployments. This should significantly improve the quality, and therefore the applicability, of the high-resolution data available from such networks. Here, the first metadata protocol for UMNs is proposed, drawing on current recommendations for urban climate stations and identified best practice in existing networks