Correction added 13 February 2015 after original online publication: Dimitrios Efthymiadis has been added to the author list.
A historical surface climate dataset from station observations in Mediterranean North Africa and Middle East areas
Article first published online: 21 APR 2014
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Geoscience Data Journal
Volume 1, Issue 2, pages 121–128, November 2014
How to Cite
Brunet, M., Gilabert, A., Jones, P. and Efthymiadis, D. (2014), A historical surface climate dataset from station observations in Mediterranean North Africa and Middle East areas. Geoscience Data Journal, 1: 121–128. doi: 10.1002/gdj3.12
This study was supported by the European Union EURO4M project (FP7-EC Cooperation Theme 9, SPACE, grant no. 242093).
- Issue published online: 24 NOV 2014
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 3 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Received: 28 JAN 2014
- European Union EURO4M. Grant Number: 242093
- historical climate observations;
- data rescue;
- North Africa;
- Middle East
Historical climatic data from station observations taken in North African and Middle East Mediterranean countries since the second half of the 19th century have been digitized and quality-controlled in the framework of the EU-funded European Reanalysis and Observations for Monitoring (EURO4M) project. Daily maximum and minimum temperatures and precipitation totals, along with sub-daily data for surface air pressure have been recovered by using historical data sources involving book/logbook collections archived in national and international data centres. The new dataset produced comprises climatic time series for 79 stations that have operated in southern and eastern Mediterranean countries. While the developed time series have data gaps, every effort has been made to infill these gaps, to improve assessments of the long-term changes in climate variability in the region.