eMAST has developed Australia's first climate and bioclimate data set on a 0.01° grid covering the period 1970 to 2012.
Together with the NCI, eMAST provides a set of daily and monthly climate variables including temperature, precipitation and radiation, to support spatially distributed dynamic modelling of land surface processes and to provide a baseline for the assessment of the impacts of projected climate change.
To provide a more biological meaningful summary representing monthly and annual trends, eMAST also produced a large number of bioclimatic indices based on eMAST's climate surfaces.
Calculating the climate indices on a 0.01° grid was made possible thanks to the development of the spatial model ANUClimate 1.0 by Michael Hutchinson from the ANU. ANUClimate integrates a new approach to interpolate Australia's national point climate data, contains an improved background anomaly interpolation and a new "proximity to the coast" modifier. The bioclimatic indices are produced using the eMAST R-package, which is a convenient software tool for the computation of over 50 climate indices.
We are currently finalising the production of the data sets and frequently link the newly available ones on our website. To access the data and metadata visit our Observation pages, the NCI THREDDS server and/or the TERN Data Discovery Portal. For updates on data publication follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.
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