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Keywords:

  • homogenization;
  • Croatia;
  • precipitation;
  • inhomogeneities;
  • break points

ABSTRACT

Various types of studies require a sufficiently long series of data processed identically over the entire area. For climate analysis, it is necessary that analysed time series are homogeneous, which means that their variations are caused only by variations in weather and climate. Unfortunately, most of the climatological series are inhomogeneous and contain outliers that may significantly affect the analysis results. The 137 stations with precipitation measurement belonging to the meteorological station network governed by the Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Croatia were selected for the present analysis. Most of the data series cover a period from the late 1940s or early 1950s through the year 2010. For quality control and homogenization, an approach based on the software ProClimDB/Anclim was applied. In this study, we describe the results from the quality control and homogenization process for monthly precipitation sums as well as the spatial relationship of precipitation in the Croatian region. The precipitation network in Croatia is fairly homogeneous as only 23% of the 137 analysed stations are found to be inhomogeneous.