Improved Understanding of Past Climatic Variability from Early Daily European Instrumental Sources

Editors: Camuffo, Dario, Jones, Phil D. (Eds.)

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Climate can be defined as an ensemble of many weather phenomena. Clima­ tologists often use the mean (conventionally the monthly and annual mean) of weather-related parameters to describe climate. The mean value, however, is not all the climate. Climatic changes might occur if certain aspects of the distribution of extreme values change, while the mean does not. Katz and Brown (1992), for example, show from a theoretical viewpoint that in a changing climate, extreme values are determined more by changes in variability than changes in the mean. Possible changes in extreme event frequency receive considerable attention along with the global warming, because extremes directly impact human society and the economy. For most societally sensitive extremes and related changes in their vari­ ability, an analysis based on daily data becomes necessary. This paper considers two aspects (relative and absolute values) of extreme temperatures on a daily basis. We do not consider spells of extreme days, periods which will likely have greater socio-economic and health impacts (Kalkstein et al., 1996; Wagner, 1999), than individual extreme days.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Improved Understanding of Past Climatic Variability from Early Daily European Instrumental Sources

    Camuffo, Dario (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • History of the Long Series of Daily Air Temperature in Padova (1725–1998)

    Camuffo, Dario

    Pages 7-75

  • Corrections of Systematic Errors and Data Homogenisation in the Daily Temperature Padova Series (1725–1998)

    Cocheo, Claudio (et al.)

    Pages 77-100

  • Daily Milan Temperature and Pressure Series (1763–1998): History of the Observations and Data and Metadata Recovery

    Maugeri, Maurizio (et al.)

    Pages 101-117

  • Daily Milan Temperature and Pressure Series (1763–1998): Completing and Homogenising the Data

    Maugeri, Maurizio (et al.)

    Pages 119-149

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Improved Understanding of Past Climatic Variability from Early Daily European Instrumental Sources
Editors
  • Dario Camuffo
  • Phil D. Jones
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-0371-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-0371-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0556-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-3908-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 392
Additional Information
Reprinted from CLIMATIC CHANGE, 53:1-2
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