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Volume 10, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 595-607, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-595-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Special issue: Water, ecosystem, cryosphere, and climate data from the interior...

Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 595-607, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-595-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  22 Mar 2018

22 Mar 2018

Daily temperature records from a mesonet in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, 2005–2010

Wendy H. Wood1, Shawn J. Marshall1, Terri L. Whitehead1, and Shannon E. Fargey2 Wendy H. Wood et al.
  • 1Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Calgary AB, T2N 1N4, Canada
  • 2Department of Geography, University of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada

Abstract. Near-surface air temperatures were monitored from 2005 to 2010 in a mesoscale network of 230 sites in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Alberta, Canada. The monitoring network covers a range of elevations from 890 to 2880m above sea level and an area of about 18000km2, sampling a variety of topographic settings and surface environments with an average spatial density of one station per 78km2. This paper presents the multiyear temperature dataset from this study, with minimum, maximum, and mean daily temperature data available at https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.880611. In this paper, we describe the quality control and processing methods used to clean and filter the data and assess its accuracy. Overall data coverage for the study period is 91%. We introduce a weather-system-dependent gap-filling technique to estimate the missing 9% of data. Monthly and seasonal distributions of minimum, maximum, and mean daily temperature lapse rates are shown for the region.

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A high-density network of temperature and precipitation gauges was set up in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, southwestern Alberta, from 2005 to 2010. This array of backcountry weather stations covered a range of surface types from prairie farmland to rocky alpine environments, spanning an elevation range from 890 to 2880 m. This paper presents the daily minimum, mean, and maximum temperature data from the study and the associated spatial and vertical temperature structure.
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