In 2014, the Alliance initiated a Climate and Precipitation Monitoring project to track soil moisture, precipitation, and weather patterns across the member ranches. This project is still in the developmental stage, but at scale this project will tie weather patterns, precipitation, soil moisture, runoff, and forage productivity together to help inform land management decisions on member ranches.
As of January 2015 6 Decagon weather stations and 6 beta-stage pulse pods had been distributed across member ranches. The data under collection includes: precipitation, soil moisture, soil temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure and photosynthetic radiation. Over the coming year, the Alliance is working with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and other partners to build a database for housing this data and begin working with the group to analyze and interpret the data. Click the title above to read more about this project.