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accuCLIM 30-year average Bioclimate Time Series: Accurate, high-resolution, mapped climate data for the Australian Wet Tropics World Heritage Area

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Title
accuCLIM 30-year average Bioclimate Time Series: Accurate, high-resolution, mapped climate data for the Australian Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Type
Dataset
Date Record Created
2016-04-12
Date Record Modified
2016-10-12
Language
English
Coverage
Date Coverage
1965 to 2000
Time Period
Contemporary
Geospatial Location
  • Austrlian Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Description
Descriptions
  1. Brief: A time series of 30-year average bioclimatic temperature variable maps at 5-year intervals from 1965 - 2000. Data are mapped at 0.0025 degrees (~250 meters) spatial resolution and cover the entire extent of Queenslands Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. A large, independently collected set of weather data was used to spatially downscale AWAP daily weather layers of temperature maxima and minima to 0.0025 degree resolution as a function of key topographic and vegetation factors. These downscaled weather layers were then aggregated to form the accuCLIM bioclimate variables; see the associated research publication at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12068
  2. Full: The following are descriptions of the 7 bioclimatic variables calculated for each 5-year period in the time-series: accuCLIM_O1 = Mean Annual Temperature accuCLIM_O2 = Mean Diurnal Range (Mean of monthly (max temp - min temp)) accuCLIM_O3 = Isothermality (accuCLIM_O2/accuCLIM_O7) (* 100) accuCLIM_O4 = Temperature Seasonality (Coefficient of Variation) accuCLIM_O5 = Mean Max Temperature of Warmest Month accuCLIM_O6 = Mean Min Temperature of Coldest Month accuCLIM_O7 = Temperature Annual Range (accuCLIM_O5-accuCLIM_O6) The time series is contained within a single .zip file. Maps of bioclimatic variables are recursed in directories by year (mid-year for the 30-year average). File names also include the mid-year for the period of climate averaging; so the file '1965/accuCLIM_01_1965.tif' represents Mean Annual Temperature for the 30-year period 1951 - 1981. The file '2000/accuCLIM_05_2000.tif' would represent Mean Max Temperature of the Warmest Month for the 30-year period 1986 - 2015, and so on.
Related Publications
  1. Storlie, C.J., Phillips, B.L., VanDerWal, J.J., and Williams, S.E. (2013) Improved spatial estimates of climate predict patchier species distributions. Diversity and Distributions, 19 (9). pp. 1106-1113.
    Describes the downscale and aggregation procedure used to create accuCLIM
  2. Jones, David A., Wang, William and Fawcett, Robert (2009) High-quality spatial climate data-sets for Australia. Australian Meterological and Oceanographic Journal, 58. pp. 233-248.
    Describes the creation of AWAP weather layers, which were downscaled to create accuCLIM
Related Websites
  1. ANUCLIM Version 6.1 User Guide
    Describes the creation of the bioclimatic variables
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People
Creators
  1. Owned by: Dr Collin Storlie , collin.storlie@jcu.edu.au , Discipline of Zoology & Tropical Ecology, Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change, eResearch Centre
Primary Contact
Dr Collin Storlie, collin.storlie@jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
  1. Dr Jeremy Vanderwal , jeremy.vanderwal@jcu.edu.au
Collaborators
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Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 050102 - Ecosystem Function (050102)
  2. 060208 - Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 960307 - Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  2. 960203 - Weather (960203)
Keywords
  1. Australia
  2. Queensland
  3. Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
  4. climate
  5. bioclimate
  6. downscale
  7. high resolution
  8. time series
Research Activity
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
Rights
Access Rights/Conditions
Open access. If the data is not freely accessible via the link provided, please contact the nominated data manager or researchdata@jcu.edu.au for assistance.
Rights
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License
CC BY: Attribution 3.0 AU
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Data
Data Location
Online Locations
Stored At
HPRC (High Performance & Research Computing), James Cook University
Citation
Cite:
Storlie, C. (2016). accuCLIM 30-year average Bioclimate Time Series: Accurate, high-resolution, mapped climate data for the Australian Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. James Cook University. [Data Files] http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/28/570F29840516A
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
10.4225/28/570F29840516A