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Title: Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorology Monitoring Program: 2016 Data Completeness/ Quality Report

Abstract

This report summarizes data completeness by tower and by instrument for 2016 and compares that data with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 2015 standards. This report is designed to make data users aware of data completeness and any data quality issues. LANL meteorology monitoring goals include 95% completeness for all measurements. The ANSI 2015 standard requires 90% completeness for all measurements. This report documents instrument/tower issues as they impact data completeness.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1364567
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-24850
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; Earth Sciences

Citation Formats

Bruggeman, David Alan. Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorology Monitoring Program: 2016 Data Completeness/ Quality Report. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1364567.
Bruggeman, David Alan. Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorology Monitoring Program: 2016 Data Completeness/ Quality Report. United States. doi:10.2172/1364567.
Bruggeman, David Alan. Thu . "Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorology Monitoring Program: 2016 Data Completeness/ Quality Report". United States. doi:10.2172/1364567. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1364567.
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abstractNote = {This report summarizes data completeness by tower and by instrument for 2016 and compares that data with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 2015 standards. This report is designed to make data users aware of data completeness and any data quality issues. LANL meteorology monitoring goals include 95% completeness for all measurements. The ANSI 2015 standard requires 90% completeness for all measurements. This report documents instrument/tower issues as they impact data completeness.},
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year = {Thu Jun 15 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
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