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    Reanalyses Suitable for Characterizing Long-Term Trends Are They Really Achievable?

    Thorne, Peter and Vose, R.S. (2010) Reanalyses Suitable for Characterizing Long-Term Trends Are They Really Achievable? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 91 (3). pp. 353-361. ISSN 1520-0477

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    Reanalyses are, by a substantial margin, the most utilized climate data products, and they are applied in a myriad of different contexts. Despite their popularity, there are substantial concerns about their suitability for the monitoring of long-term climate trends. This has led to calls for a truly “climate quality” reanalysis that retains long-term trend fidelity. The authors contend that for such a reanalysis to be achieved, a substantial rethinking of the current strategy for producing reanalysis products is required. First, the problem must be defined clearly. Second, the methodology that is employed must be reconsidered so as to minimize potential non-climatic artifacts and robustly ascertain the inevitable residual uncertainty. Finally, a set of validation data and metrics must be constructed that the community can use to compare and unambiguously assess the claims of climate quality. The purpose of this essay is very much to initiate discussions to this end rather than to prescribe solutions.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Reanalyses; Characterizing Long-Term Trends; Achievable;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 6537
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    Depositing User: Peter Thorne
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 11:00
    Journal or Publication Title: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
    Publisher: American Meteorological Society
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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