New Mexico is making real- time contributions to assist in the management of climatic issues

NSF EPSCoR-funded research scientists at New Mexico State University (NMSU) have installed ecological monitoring equipment at four sites in New Mexico. The monitoring equipment contributes data to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The sites began operation in 2010 and are part of the Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN). SCAN consists of automated remote sites which collect soil moisture and soil temperature data along with precipitation, wind, and solar radiation data. The data collected is used for the prediction and management of climatic issues. New Mexico now has a greater opportunity to significantly contribute to a nationwide cooperative of environmental information systems. SCAN data is accessible through the USDA’s NRCS website and helps to inform researchers, students, farmers, environmental managers and citizen scientists with real-°©‐time data for natural resource assessments and conservation activities. Historical and current SCAN data can be found on the USDA NRCS’s National Weather and Climate Change Center website: