Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science

Alpine Precipitation Reconstruction

Jürg Schmidli, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science ETH (IACETH), Zürich, Switzerland


Contact: Dr. Bodo Ahrens

Project Overview

This project aims to construct and evaluate a new gridded analysis of precipitation that covers the entire region of the European Alps, resolves the most prominent mesoscale variations and extends with a monthly time-resolution over most of the 20th century (1901-1990). The analysis is based on a reconstruction using the reduced-space optimal interpolation technique. It combines data from a high-resolution network over a restricted time period (1971-1990) with homogeneous centennial records from a sparse sample of stations. The dataset is suitable for research activities on regional climate dynamics and long-term climate variations.

For further information please consult the references below.


Conditions for access

Get NetCDF file of the monthly precipitation fields

Relevant Publications

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