Technical note: Towards a continuous classification of climate using bivariate colour mapping

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Abstract

Climate is often defined in terms of discrete classes. Here I use bivariate colour mapping to show that the global distribution of K¨oppen-Geiger climate classes can largely be reproduced by combining the simple means of two key states of the climate system 5 (i.e., air temperature and relative humidity). This allows for a classification that is not only continuous in space, but can be applied at and transferred between timescales ranging from minutes to decades.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3071-3075
JournalHydrology and Earth System Sciences
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • world
  • temperature
  • variability

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