The Jemez-Catalina Critical Zone Observatory (JC-CZO) consists of two environmental laboratories in the southwestern US; one is located in north central New Mexico and the second in southern Arizona. The observatory is designed to study physical, chemical, and biological processes and the impact of space-time variability in energy and water flux on coupled critical zone processes along well-constrained climate gradients. JC-CZO is one of six US observatories from Puerto Rico to California funded by the NSF through the National CZO Program. A goal of the CZO program is an integrated data management model across all observatories that can efficiently serve a scientific community with tools to discover, analyze and retrieve CZO data [Whitenack et al. 2010]. This presentation provides an overview of tools and technologies used to manage and published JC-CZO data to scientific community.
The data management system in the Jemez-Catalina Observatory is designed to process, store and publish a wide variety of observations, samples and spatial data. The design is based on the approaches and standards developed by CUAHSI HIS, EarthChem and OGC. The point time-series and sample data are stored in the modified version of the CUAHSI Observation Data Model (ODM). Data are published through web retrieval interface and text display files using consistent format including metadata. Display files are harvested by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) to the CZO Central Depository and then published using CUAHSI WaterML web services and can be retrieved and analyzed by any client applications compatible with WaterML. This approach to integrate data from all CZO sites to the Central Depository can advance cross-CZO data synthesis and analysis to solve research questions.