Precipitation is recognized as the most spatially variable abiotic variable in arid ecosystems such as the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Water is also usually the limiting factor in such environments so the accurate measurement of precipitation in both space and time is vital to understanding ecosystem dynamics. In 2008, the acquisition of a number of tipping-bucket rain gauges with Hobo dataloggers permitted the deployment of gauges into an increased number of locations on the Sevilleta NWR. Most dataloggers were installed in the greater Five Points area and primarily placed around the site of the 2003 burn study. A few additional dataloggers were installed throughout the entire Sevilleta NWR to expand overall coverage.
Datalogger specifications - Onset Tipping Bucket Rain gauge (8" opening); each tip records 0.01" (0.254 mm).
Data downloading - Data is collected from Hobo dataloggers using a Hobo shuttle. The data is then downloaded onto a PC computer using Boxcar Software.
01/19/11-Data and metadata compiled and updated through 2010. (JMM)03/19/10-Data and metadata compiled and updated through 2010. SEV project number assigned (SEV234) in Navicat and all data and metadata uploaded for public access. (JMM)