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Advances in Science and Research Contributions in Applied Meteorology and Climatology
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Volume 11, issue 1
Adv. Sci. Res., 11, 25–33, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-11-25-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Adv. Sci. Res., 11, 25–33, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-11-25-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  13 May 2014

13 May 2014

Satellite-based climate information within the WMO RA VI Regional Climate Centre on Climate Monitoring

A. Obregón, H. Nitsche, M. Körber, A. Kreis, P. Bissolli, K. Friedrich, and S. Rösner A. Obregón et al.
  • Deutscher Wetterdienst, WMO RA VI Regional Climate Centre Network Offenbach Node on Climate Monitoring, Frankfurter Str. 135, 63067 Offenbach, Germany

Abstract. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) established Regional Climate Centres (RCCs) around the world to create science-based climate information on a regional scale within the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). The paper introduces the satellite component of the WMO Regional Climate Centre on Climate Monitoring (RCC-CM) for Europe and the Middle East. The RCC-CM product portfolio is based on essential climate variables (ECVs) as defined by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), spanning the atmospheric (radiation, clouds, water vapour) and terrestrial domains (snow cover, soil moisture). In the first part, the input data sets are briefly described, which are provided by the EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) Satellite Application Facilities (SAF), in particular CM SAF, and by the ESA (European Space Agency) Climate Change Initiative (CCI). In the second part, the derived RCC-CM products are presented, which are divided into two groups: (i) operational monitoring products (e.g. monthly means and anomalies) based on near-real-time environmental data records (EDRs) and (ii) climate information records (e.g. climatologies, time series, trend maps) based on long-term thematic climate data records (TCDRs) with adequate stability, accuracy and homogeneity. The products are provided as maps, statistical plots and gridded data, which are made available through the RCC-CM website (www.dwd.de/rcc-cm).

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