Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1179–1190, 2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1179–1190, 2020
Data description paper
20 May 2020
Data description paper | 20 May 2020

Early instrumental meteorological observations in Switzerland: 1708–1873

Yuri Brugnara et al.

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Early instrumental meteorological observations in Switzerland made before 1863, the year a national station network was created, were until recently largely unexplored. After a systematic compilation of the documents available in Swiss archives, we digitised a large part of the data so that they can be used in climate research. In this paper we give an overview of the development of meteorological observations in Switzerland and describe our approach to convert them into modern units.