Tropical rainfall indices from rain gauge observations, 1850-1996
Entry ID: JISAO_TROPICAL_RAIN_GAUGE

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Summary
Abstract: The University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the
Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) offers Tropical rainfall indices from
rain gauge observations for the years 1850-1996. The indices presented
on this page capture ENSO-related tropical rainfall variability. The
data is that of Dai et al., (1997) and is available online both in
ASCII and in netCDF formats. This pair of indices is the latest in an
evolution of indices that have been created based on different rain
gauge data sets, and it may not be the last. The preceding efforts for
tropical Pacific and the tropics not including the Pacific are
available.
Related URL
Description: Access to tropical Pacific and non-Pacific rainfall indices and documentation
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 6.0   S: -6.0   E: -84.0   W: 164.0
  N: 20.0   S: -20.0   E: 164.0   W: -79.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Dai, A., I. Y. Fung, and A. D. Del Genio
Dataset Title: Tropical rainfall indices from rain gauge observations, 1850-1996
Dataset Release Place: Seattle, Washington, USA
Dataset Publisher: Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1850-01-01
Stop Date: 1996-12-31
Instrument
RAIN GAUGES Ancillary Description
Quality The data after 1990 should be used with caution because station data have a
very limited coverage for the latest several years.
Use Constraints Please cite the dataset originator if you use this data.
Ancillary Keywords
Data Set Progress
COMPLETE
Originating Center
Distribution
Distribution Media: Online (HTTP)
Fees: None
Personnel
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: adai at ucar.edu
Contact Address:
NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies
2880 Broadway
City: New York
Province or State: NY
Postal Code: 10025
Country: USA
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Publications/References
Dai, A., I. Y. Fung, and A. D. Del Genio, 1997: Surface observed
global land precipitation variations during 1900-1988. J. Climate, 10,
2943-2962.
Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-04-13
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