Ok a simple post since I’m not up to speed today. I’ve already talked about the effort in the USA to create the Climate Reference Network (CRN) In Australia, they have something similar, called the Reference Climate Station Network.
The map below shows all the stations in country. Even though a number are near coastal population centers, they are fairly widely dispersed and many are in the middle of the outback.
By clicking on the orange dots in the image, you get details on each station, along with a photo such as this one of the GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE almost dead center in the middle of the country away from urban influences:
One of the goals of my project at http://www.surfacestations.org is to create something similar, but with more detail.
Here is the best part about Australia’s project:
“Regular inspections by trained specialists will ensure that these stations are maintained to high standards. Detailed reports of any changes to the site and its surroundings will be made and procedures adopted to ensure that the quality of the records are not compromised. “