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    Towards a global land surface climate fiducial reference measurements network


    Thorne, Peter and Diamond, H.J. and Goodison, B. and Harrigan, Shaun and Hausfather, Z. and Ingleby, N.B. and Jones, P.D. and Lawrimore, Jay and Lister, D.H. and Merlone, A. and Oakley, Tim and Palecki, Michael A. and Peterson, Thomas C. and de Podesta, M. and Tassone, C. and Venema, V.K.C. and Willett, K.M. (2018) Towards a global land surface climate fiducial reference measurements network. International Journal of Climatology, 38. pp. 2260-2774. ISSN 1097-0088

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    Abstract

    There is overwhelming evidence that the climate system has warmed since the instigation of instrumental meteorological observations. The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that the evidence for warming was unequivocal. However, owing to imperfect measurements and ubiquitous changes in measurement networks and techniques, there remain uncertainties in many of the details of these historical changes. These uncertainties do not call into question the trend or overall magnitude of the changes in the global climate system. Rather, they act to make the picture less clear than it could be, particularly at the local scale where many decisions regarding adaptation choices will be required, both now and in the future. A set of high-quality longterm fiducial reference measurements of essential climate variables will enable future generations to make rigorous assessments of future climate change and variability, providing society with the best possible information to support future decisions. Here we propose that by implementing and maintaining a suitably stable and metrologically well-characterized global land surface climate fiducial reference measurements network, the present-day scientific community can bequeath to future generations a better set of observations. This will aid future adaptation decisions and help us to monitor and quantify the effectiveness of internationally agreed mitigation steps. This article provides the background, rationale, metrological principles, and practical considerations regarding what would be involved in such a network, and outlines the benefits which may accrue. The challenge, of course, is how to convert such a vision to a long-term sustainable capability providing the necessary well-characterized measurement series to the benefit of global science and future generations.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: global; land; surface; climate; fiducial; reference measurements network;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 11080
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.5458
    Depositing User: Peter Thorne
    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 13:05
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Climatology
    Publisher: Royal Meteorological Society
    Refereed: Yes
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