Weather and Climate Inventory, Klamath Network, National Park Service, 2007
2.0. Climate Background
Climate is a primary factor controlling the structure and function of ecosystems in the KLMN. An understanding of both current climate patterns and climate history in the KLMN is important to understanding and interpreting change and patterns in ecosystem attributes (Odion et al. 2005). It is essential that the KLMN park units have an effective climate monitoring system to track climate changes and to aid in management decisions relating to these changes. In order to do this, it is essential to understand the climate characteristics of the KLMN, as discussed in this chapter.