Early instrumental meteorological observations in Switzerland: 1708–1873

Brugnara, Yuri; Pfister, Lucas; Villiger, Leonie; Rohr, Christian; Isotta, Francesco Alessandro; Brönnimann, Stefan (2020). Early instrumental meteorological observations in Switzerland: 1708–1873. Earth System Science Data, 12(2), pp. 1179-1190. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/essd-12-1179-2020

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We describe a dataset of recently digitised meteorological observations from 40 locations in today's Switzerland, covering the 18th and 19th centuries. Three fundamental variables – temperature, pressure, and precipitation – are provided in a standard format after they have been converted into modern units and quality-controlled. The raw data produced by the digitisation, often including additional variables and annotations, are also provided. Digitisation was performed by manually typing the data from photographs of the original sources, which were in most cases handwritten weather diaries. These observations will be important for studying past climate variability in Central Europe and in the Alps, although the general scarcity of metadata (e.g. detailed information on the instruments and their exposure) implies that some caution is required when using them. The data described in this paper can be found at https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.909141 (Brugnara, 2020).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography > Unit Climatology
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Economic, Social and Environmental History

Graduate School:

Graduate School of Climate Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Brugnara, Yuri; Pfister, Lucas Martin; Villiger, Leonie; Rohr, Christian and Brönnimann, Stefan

Subjects:

500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

1866-3516

Publisher:

Copernicus Publications

Language:

English

Submitter:

André Hürzeler

Date Deposited:

27 May 2020 12:17

Last Modified:

27 May 2020 12:17

Publisher DOI:

10.5194/essd-12-1179-2020

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.144212

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/144212

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