Project Overview

How has the climate changed over the past 50 or more years? In what ways and by how much? Many people, including climatologists, have been struggling with these questions for some time now, not only for scientific interest but also to aid in policy decisions (IPCC 2001) and to inform the general public. In order to answer these questions, it is important to obtain comprehensive and intuitive information which allows interested parties to understand the scientific basis for confidence, or lack thereof, in the present understanding of the climate system. One tool, first developed as a framework for quantifying observed changes in climate within the contiguous United States, is the U.S. Climate Extremes Index (CEI). The U.S. CEI is based on an aggregate set of conventional climate extreme indicators which, at the present time, include the following types of data: - monthly maximum and minimum temperature - daily precipitation - monthly Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) - landfalling tropical storm and hurricane wind velocity


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Status - Active

Start date: 1910-01-01

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