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Earth System Science Data The Data Publishing Journal
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2017-107
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21 Sep 2017
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Daily temperature records from a mesonet in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, 2005–2010
Wendy H. Wood1, Shawn J. Marshall1, Terri L. Whitehead1, and Shannon E. Fargey2 1Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Calgary AB, T2N 1N4, Canada
2Department of Geography, University of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada
Abstract. Near-surface air temperatures were monitored from 2005 to 2010 in a mesoscale network of 230 sites in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Alberta, Canada. The monitoring network covers a range of elevations from 890 to 2880 m above sea level and an area of about 18,000 km2, sampling a variety of topographic settings and surface environments with an average spatial density of one station per 78 km2. This paper presents the multiyear temperature dataset from this study, with minimum, maximum, and mean daily temperature data available at https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.880611. In this manuscript, we describe the quality control and processing methods used to clean and filter the data and assess its accuracy. Overall data coverage for the study period is 91 %. We introduce a weather-system dependent gap-filling technique to estimate the missing 9 % of data. As a sample application of the data, we present monthly and seasonal distributions of minimum, maximum, and mean daily temperature lapse rates for the region.

Citation: Wood, W. H., Marshall, S. J., Whitehead, T. L., and Fargey, S. E.: Daily temperature records from a mesonet in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, 2005–2010, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2017-107, in review, 2017.
Wendy H. Wood et al.
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Daily temperature data from the Foothills Climate Array Mesonet, Canadian Rocky Mountains, 2005-2010
W. H. Wood, S. J. Marshall, S. E. Fargey, and T. L. Whitehead
https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.880611
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A high-density network of temperature and precipitation gauges was set up in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, southwestern Alberta, from 2005–2010. This array of backcountry weather stations covered a range of surface types from prairie farmland to rocky alpine environments, spanning an elevation range from 890 to 2880 metres. This manuscript presents the daily minimum, mean, and maximum temperature data from the study and the associated spatial/vertical temperature structure.
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