Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System
This meteorological station at
Norrie Point Environmental Center
logs temperature, humidity, pressure,
wind speed, precipitation and solar
radiation at 15 minute intervals
The Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS) is a network of real-time monitoring stations on the Hudson River Estuary. The stations are geographically distributed from Schodack Island to the New York/New Jersey harbor and are monitoring river conditions every 15 minutes.
You can use the Links Leaving DEC's Website on the right side of the page to visit the official HRECOS page for:
- Two Day Forecasts - Reliable predictions of water level, water temperature, salinity, wind speed and direction and other parameters.
- Current River Conditions - Real-time reporting of hydrologic and meteorologic river conditions
- The HRECOS Classroom - Lesson plans utilizing HRECOS collected from collaborating educators.
- HRECOS Stories - Short descriptions of river phenomena learned from the HRECOS data set and written for the general public
HRECOS is operated by a consortium of partners from government and the research community:
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- Hudson River Foundation
- U.S. Geological Survey
- Cary Institute
- Stevens Institute of Technology
- Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University
Teachers can learn how to use HRECOS in classrooms at training workshops offered by the Hudson River Estuary Program. The system offers opportunities to build graphing and analytical skills among students young and old, exploring seasonal changes in temperature with elementary students or tidal cycles with earth science students, for example.