Waimea Park Joins With NOAA To Monitor Climate Changes

Wednesday - August 06, 2008
By MidWeek Staff
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The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration recently honored Waimea Valley with an Institutional Award for continuous service.

Each morning for the past 25 years, staffers at the North Shore park have recorded and reported temperature and precipitation readings to NOAA from a weather gauge near Pond 4.

“Climate change is arguably one of the greatest global threats today,” said Gail Ann Chew, interim executive director of Hi’ipaka, the nonprofit agency operating Waimea Valley. “We are proud that the valley has been able to assist scientists and scholars by providing valuable information to the National Weather Service for so many years.”

She also pointed out that the information enables park employees to maintain the delicate ecosystems there that depend on rainfall and moderate temperatures to survive.

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