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Homogenization of monthly series of temperature and precipitation: benchmarking results of the MULTITEST project
Title: Homogenization of monthly series of temperature and precipitation: benchmarking results of the MULTITEST project
Authors: Guijarro Pastor, José Antonio ORCID RESEARCHERID Autor AEMETLópez, José AntonioAguilar, EnricDomonkos, PeterVenema, Victor K. C.Sigró, JavierBrunet, Manola
Keywords: Homogenization; Benchmarking; Monthly series; Precipitation; Temperature
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Wiley; Royal Meteorological Society
Citation: International Journal of Climatology. 2023, p. 1-19
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Abstract: The homogenization of climate observational series is a needed process before undertaking confidently any study of their internal variability, since changes in the observation methods or in the surroundings of the observatories, for instance, can introduce biases in the data of the same order of magnitude than the underlying climate variations and trends. Many methods have been proposed in the past to remove the unwanted perturbations from the climatic series, and some of them have been implemented in software packages freely available from the Internet. The Spanish project MULTITEST was intended to test their performance in an automatic way with synthetic monthly series of air temperature and atmospheric precipitation, in order to update inter-comparison results from former projects, especially those of the COST Action ES0601. Several networks representing different climates and station densities were used to test a variety of homogenization packages on hundreds of random samples. Results were evaluated mainly in form of Root Mean Squared Errors (RMSE) and errors in the trend of the series, showing that ACMANT, followed by Climatol, minimized these errors. However, other packages performed also relatively well, even outperforming them when there were simultaneous biases of the same sign in most or all the test series.
ISSN: 0899-8418
Appears in Collections:Artículos científicos 2023-2026

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