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ISLSCP II Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC) Monthly Precipitation

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Data setISLSCP II Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC) Monthly Precipitation
Release date2011-02-25
ProjectInternational Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP II)
Time Period1986-01-01 to 1995-12-31


The Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC), which is operated by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (National Meteorological Service of Germany), is a component of the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) with the main emphasis on the treatment of the global in-situ observations. The GPCC simultaneously contributes to the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and other international research and climate monitoring projects. This rain gauge-only data set was acquired from GPCC and resampled to 0.5 degree grid boxes for use in the International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP) Initiative II. The GPCC collects precipitation data which are locally observed at rain gauge stations and distributed as CLIMAT and SYNOP reports via the Global Telecommunication System of the World Weather Watch (GTS) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Centre acquires additional monthly precipitation data from meteorological and hydrological networks which are operated by national services.


Data set reference document


ISLSCP II Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC) Monthly Precipitation. In Hall, Forrest G., G. Collatz, B. Meeson, S. Los, E. Brown de Colstoun, and D. Landis (eds.). ISLSCP Initiative II Collection. Data set. Available on-line [] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A.
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Data File (Granule)File SizeDates
gpcc_precip_hd_changemap.asc 533.5KB 1986-01-01 - 1995-12-31 509.8KB 1986-01-01 - 1995-12-31 1.1MB 1986-01-01 - 1995-12-31
gpcc_precip_1d_changemap.asc 132.8KB 1986-01-01 - 1995-12-31 2.3MB 1986-01-01 - 1995-12-31 6.3MB 1986-01-01 - 1995-12-31 1.6MB 1986-01-01 - 1995-12-31 23.0MB 1986-01-01 - 1995-12-31 9.7MB 1986-01-01 - 1995-12-31 2.2MB 1986-01-01 - 1995-12-31

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