A Decade of Ground–Air Temperature Tracking at Emigrant Pass Observatory, Utah Public Deposited

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  • Observations of air and ground temperatures collected between 1993 and 2004 from Emigrant Pass Geothermal Climate Observatory in northwestern Utah are analyzed to understand the relationship between these two quantities. The influence of surface air temperature (SAT), incident solar radiation, and snow cover on surface ground temperature (SGT) variations are explored. SAT variations explain 94% of the variance in SGT. Incident solar radiation is the primary variable governing the remaining variance misfit and is significantly more important during summer months than winter months. A linear relationship between the ground–air temperature difference (ΔT[subscript]sgt-sat) and solar radiation exists with a trend of 1.21 K/(100 W m⁻²); solar radiation accounts for 1.3% of the variance in SGT. The effects of incident solar radiation also account for the 2.47-K average offset in ΔT[subscript]sgt-sat. During the winter, snow cover plays a role in governing SGT variability, but exerts only a minor influence on the annual tracking of ground and air temperatures at the site, accounting for 0.5% of the variance in SGT. These observations of the tracking of SGT and SAT confirm that borehole temperature changes mimic changes in SAT at frequencies appropriate for climatic reconstructions.
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  • Bartlett, Marshall G., David S. Chapman, Robert N. Harris, 2006: A Decade of Ground–Air Temperature Tracking at Emigrant Pass Observatory, Utah. Journal of Climate, 19, 3722–3731.
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