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Daily Precipitation Sums at Coastal and Island Russian Arctic Stations, 1940-1990
Entry ID: G02164

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Abstract: This data set contains precipitation data originally recorded in log books at 65 coastal and island meteorological stations, and later digitized at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI), St. Petersburg, Russia, under the direction of Vladimir Radionov. Records from most stations begin in 1940. Instrumentation was generally a rain gauge with Nipher shield until the early 1950s (for most stations), when the Tretyakov precipitation gauge replaced earlier instrumentation. Data have not been adjusted for gauge type or wind bias. Observers corrected the data from 1967-1990 for wetting loss as they recorded the station data.
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Spatial coordinates   
  N: 84.78   S: 64.41   E: 170.16   W: 36.76

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Radionov, V. F., Y. I. Aleksandrov, P. N. Svyashchennikov, and F. Fetterer.
Dataset Title: Daily Precipitation Sums at Coastal and Island Russian Arctic Stations, 1940-1990
Dataset Series Name: G02164
Dataset Release Date: 2004-12-22
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1940-01-01
Stop Date: 1990-12-31
RAIN GAUGES Ancillary Description
Quality Data digitized from logbooks are subject to transcription errors. These data have been assessed by comparing with data from the Global Daily Climatology Network (GDCN) yet some errors may have gone undetected. Measuring arctic precipitation accurately is difficult. Users of these data should first become familiar with error sources inherent in all Arctic precipitation measurements. We strongly suggest consulting Groisman and Rankova (2001) and references contained therein, and the documentation on gridded precipitation fields in Arctic Climatology Project (2000) for an introduction to precipitation measurement issues. Groisman and Rankova (2001) have information on adjusting the raw precipitation measurements in this data set so that pre- and post-1966 values are homogeneous.
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City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)
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Department of Meteorology
Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute
City: St. Petersburg
Country: Russia
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Daily Temperature and Precipitation Data for 223 U.S.S.R. Stations Available from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC). Accessed 7 January 2011. Arctic Climatology Project. 2000. Environmental Working Group Arctic Meteorology and Climate Atlas. Edited by F. Fetterer and V. Radionov. Boulder, CO: National Snow and Ice Data Center. CD-ROM. ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-12-22
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18
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