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WegenerNet high-resolution weather and climate data 2007 to 2019

Jürgen Fuchsberger1, Gottfried Kirchengast1,2, and Thomas Kabas1 Jürgen Fuchsberger et al.
  • 1Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change (WEGC), University of Graz, Graz, Austria
  • 2Institute for Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Meteorology/Institute of Physics, University of Graz, Graz, Austria

Abstract. This paper describes the latest reprocessed data record (version 7.1) over 2007 to 2019 from the WegenerNet climate station networks, which since 2007 provide measurements with very high spatial and temporal resolution of hydrometeorological variables for two regions in the state of Styria, southeastern Austria: 1) the WegenerNet Feldbach Region, in the Alpine forelands of southeastern Styria, which extends over an area of about 22 km × 16 km and comprises 155 meteorological stations placed on a tightly spaced grid, with an average spatial density of one station per ∼2 km2 and a temporal sampling of 5 min; and 2) the WegenerNet Johnsbachtal, which is a smaller sister network of the WegenerNet Feldbach Region in the mountainous Alpine region of upper Styria that extends over an area of about 16 km ×17 km and comprises 13 meteorological stations and one hydrographic station, at altitudes ranging from below 600 m to over 2100 m and with a temporal sampling of 10 min. These networks operate on a long-term basis and continuously provide quality-controlled station time series for a multitude of hydrometeorological near-surface and surface variables, including air temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, wind speed and direction, wind gust speed and direction, soil moisture, soil temperature, and others like pressure and radiation variables at a few reference stations. In addition, gridded data are available at a resolution of 200 m × 200 m for air temperature, relative humidity, precipitation and heat index, for the Feldbach Region, and at a resolution of 100 m × 100 m for the wind parameters for both regions. Here we describe this dataset (the most recent reprocessing version 7.1), in terms of the measurement site and station characteristics as well as the data processing from raw data (level 0) via quality-controlled basic station data (level 1) to weather and climate data products (level 2). In order to showcase the practical utility of the data we also include two illustrative example applications and briefly summarize and refer to scientific uses in a range of previous studies. The dataset is published as part of the University of Graz Wegener Center's WegenerNet data repository under the DOI https://doi.org/10.25364/WEGC/WPS7.1:2020.1 (Fuchsberger et al., 2020) and is continuously extended.

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WegenerNet climate station network Level 2 data version 7.1 2007–2019 Fuchsberger, J., Kirchengast, G., Bichler, C., Leuprecht, A., and Kabas, T. https://doi.org/10.25364/WEGC/WPS7.1:2020.1

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The paper describes the most recent weather and climate data from the WegenerNet station networks, which since 2007 provide hydrometeorological measurements at very high spatial and temporal resolution for long-term observation in two regions in southeastern Austria: The WegenerNet Feldbach Region, in the Alpine forelands, comprising 155 stations with one station every about 2 km2; and the WegenerNet Johnsbachtal, in a mountainous region, with 14 stations at altitudes from about 600 m to 2200 m.
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