Journal article

A historical climate dataset for southwestern Australia, 1830-1875

Joelle Gergis, Zak Baillie, Stefan Ingallina, Linden Ashcroft, Tessa Ellwood



Southwestern Australia is a high priority area for climate research as there has been a significant, anthropogenically influenced winter rainfall decline detected in the region since 1970. Here we present the oldest daily historical climate dataset for Perth, southwestern Australia, to provide an extended record for analysing pre-industrial climate variability and extremes from the region. This newly digitized record contains sub-daily observations of temperature, barometric pressure, wind direction and weather remarks, including rain days, from 1830 to 1875. Following quality control and homogeneity adjustments, we demonstrate that the historical dataset reliably resolves modern characteris..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by ARC Centre for Climate Extremes(CLEX)

Funding Acknowledgements

Australian National University Futures Scheme Project: Using historical weather extremes to improve future climate change risk assessment; Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Scheme, Grant/Award Number: DE130100668; ARC Centre for Climate Extremes (CLEX), Grant/Award Number: CE170100023