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Dataset

 

HadISDH land: gridded global monthly land surface humidity data version 4.2.0.2019f

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Citable
Publication Date: 2020-06-29
DOI Publication Date: 2020-08-05
Download Stats: last 12 months

This dataset has been superseded. See Latest Version here
Abstract

This is the 4.2.0.2019f version of the HadISDH (Integrated Surface Database Humidity) land data. These data are provided by the Met Office Hadley Centre. This version spans 1/1/1973 to 31/12/2019.

The data are monthly gridded (5 degree by 5 degree) fields. Products are available for temperature and six humidity variables: specific humidity (q), relative humidity (RH), dew point temperature (Td), wet bulb temperature (Tw), vapour pressure (e), dew point depression (DPD). Data are provided in either NetCDF or ASCII format.

This version extends the 4.1.0.2018f version to the end of 2019 and constitutes a minor update to HadISDH due to changing some of the code base from IDL to Python 3 and detecting and fixing various bugs in the process. These have led to small changes in regional and global average values and coverage. All other processing steps for HadISDH remain identical. Users are advised to read the update document in the Docs section for full details.

As in previous years, the annual scrape of NOAA’s Integrated Surface Dataset for HadISD.3.1.0.2019f, which is the basis of HadISDH.land, has pulled through some historical changes to stations. This, and the additional year of data, results in small changes to station selection. There has been an issue with data for April 2015 whereby it is missing for most of the globe. This will hopefully be resolved by next year’s update. The homogeneity adjustments differ slightly due to sensitivity to the addition and loss of stations, historical changes to stations previously included and the additional 12 months of data.

To keep informed about updates, news and announcements follow the HadOBS team on twitter @metofficeHadOBS.

For more detailed information e.g bug fixes, routine updates and other exploratory analysis, see the HadISDH blog: http://hadisdh.blogspot.co.uk/

References:

When using the dataset in a paper please cite the following papers (see Docs for link to the publications) and this dataset (using the "citable as" reference):

Willett, K. M., Dunn, R. J. H., Thorne, P. W., Bell, S., de Podesta, M., Parker, D. E., Jones, P. D., and Williams Jr., C. N.: HadISDH land surface multi-variable humidity and temperature record for climate monitoring, Clim. Past, 10, 1983-2006, doi:10.5194/cp-10-1983-2014, 2014.

Dunn, R. J. H., et al. 2016: Expanding HadISD: quality-controlled, sub-daily station data from 1931, Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems, 5, 473-491.

Smith, A., N. Lott, and R. Vose, 2011: The Integrated Surface Database: Recent Developments and Partnerships. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92, 704–708, doi:10.1175/2011BAMS3015.1

We strongly recommend that you read these papers before making use of the data, more detail on the dataset can be found in an earlier publication:

Willett, K. M., Williams Jr., C. N., Dunn, R. J. H., Thorne, P. W., Bell, S., de Podesta, M., Jones, P. D., and Parker D. E., 2013: HadISDH: An updated land surface specific humidity product for climate monitoring. Climate of the Past, 9, 657-677, doi:10.5194/cp-9-657-2013.

Citable as:  Willett, K.M.; Dunn, R.J.H.; Thorne, P.W.; Bell, S.; de Podesta, M.; Parker, D.E.; Jones, P.D.; Williams, J.C.N. (2020): HadISDH land: gridded global monthly land surface humidity data version 4.2.0.2019f. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, 05 August 2020. doi:10.5285/3e9f387293294f3b8a850524fcfc0c9c. http://dx.doi.org/10.5285/3e9f387293294f3b8a850524fcfc0c9c
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: HadISDH, humidity, surface, land, gridded, station, specific humidity, temperature, dew point temperature, wet bulb temperature, dew point temperature, vapour pressure, in-situ

Details

Previous Info:
No news update for this record
Previously used record identifiers:
No related previous identifiers.
Access rules:
Public data: access to these data is available to both registered and non-registered users.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/. When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

HadISDH-land is a global land surface (~2 m) humidity dataset and is produced by the Met Office Hadley Centre in collaboration with Maynooth University, NOAA NCEI, NPL and CRU. It is based on the quality controlled sub-daily HadISD from the Met Office Hadley Centre which is in turn based on the ISD dataset from NOAA's NCEI. It is passed to CEDA for archiving and distribution.

Data Quality:
Uncertainty estimates are provided as part of the dataset both at the station and gridbox level, this includes information covering station uncertainty (climatological, homogenisation and measurement uncertainty), gridbox spatial and temporal sampling uncertainty and combined station and sampling uncertainty. See dataset associated documentation for full details.
File Format:
These data are provided in NetCDF and ASCII formats, descriptors of the file formats are included in Docs.

Process overview

This dataset was generated by the computation detailed below.
Title HadISDH land: gridded global land surface humidity dataset produced by the Met Office Hadley Centre
Abstract HadISDH land utilises simultaneous subdaily temperature and dew point temperature data from over 3000 quality controlled HadISD stations that have sufficiently long records. All humidity variables are calculated at hourly resolution and monthly means are created. Monthly means are homogenised to detect and adjust for features within the data that do not appear to be of climate origin. While unlikely to be perfect, this process does help remove large errors from the data an improve robustness of long-term climate monitoring. The NCEI's Pairwise Homogenisation Algorithm has been used directly on DPD and T. An indirect PHA method (ID PHA) is used whereby changepoints detected in DPD and T are used to make adjustments to q, e, Tw and RH. Changepoints from DPD are also applied to T. Td is derived from homogenised T and DPD. See Docs 'HadISDH land process diagram'. Station measurement, climatological and homogeneity adjustment uncertainties are estimated for each month. Climatological averages are calculated (the climatological period is dependent on product version) and monthly mean climate anomalies obtained. These anomalies (in addition to climatological mean and standard deviation, actual values and uncertainty components) are then averaged over 5° by 5° gridboxes centred on -177.5°W and -87.5°S to 177.5°E and 87.5°N. Given the uneven distribution of stations over time and space, sampling uncertainty is estimated for each gridbox month. For greater detail please see: Willett, K. M., Dunn, R. J. H., Thorne, P. W., Bell, S., de Podesta, M., Parker, D. E., Jones, P. D., and Williams Jr., C. N.: HadISDH land surface multi-variable humidity and temperature record for climate monitoring, Clim. Past, 10, 1983-2006, doi:10.5194/cp-10-1983-2014, 2014. and Willett, K. M., Williams Jr., C. N., Dunn, R. J. H., Thorne, P. W., Bell, S., de Podesta, M., Jones, P. D., and Parker D. E., 2013: HadISDH: An updated land surface specific humidity product for climate monitoring. Climate of the Past, 9, 657-677, doi:10.5194/cp-9-657-2013. Docs contains links to both these publications
Input Description None
Output Description None
Software Reference None
  • long_name: actual number of stations within gridbox
  • var_id: stncount
  • units: 1
  • names: actual number of stations within gridbox
  • long_name: climatology period boundaries
  • var_id: climbounds
  • names: climatology period boundaries
  • units: 1
  • long_name: intersite correlation (rbar)
  • var_id: rbar
  • names: intersite correlation (rbar)
  • var_id: sbar2
  • units: hPa
  • long_name: mean gridbox variance (sbar2)
  • names: mean gridbox variance (sbar2)
  • long_name: mean number of stations within gridbox
  • var_id: meanstncount
  • units: 1
  • names: mean number of stations within gridbox
  • long_name: month of year
  • var_id: month
  • names: month of year
  • standard_name: air_temperature
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) air temperature
  • units: deg C
  • var_id: tas
  • names: air_temperature, near surface (~2m) air temperature
  • units: deg C
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) air temperature anomaly
  • var_id: tasa
  • names: near surface (~2m) air temperature anomaly
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) air temperature climatology
  • var_id: clm
  • units: deg C
  • names: near surface (~2m) air temperature climatology
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) air temperature standard deviation
  • var_id: std
  • units: deg C
  • names: near surface (~2m) air temperature standard deviation
  • standard_name: dew_point_depression
  • var_id: dpds
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) dewpoint depression
  • units: deg C
  • names: dew_point_depression, near surface (~2m) dewpoint depression
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) dewpoint depression anomaly
  • var_id: dpdsa
  • units: deg C
  • names: near surface (~2m) dewpoint depression anomaly
  • var_id: clm
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) dewpoint depression climatology
  • units: deg C
  • names: near surface (~2m) dewpoint depression climatology
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) dewpoint depression standard deviation
  • var_id: std
  • units: deg C
  • names: near surface (~2m) dewpoint depression standard deviation
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) dewpoint temperature
  • var_id: tds
  • units: deg C
  • standard_name: dew_point_temperature
  • names: dew_point_temperature, near surface (~2m) dewpoint temperature
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) dewpoint temperature anomaly
  • units: deg C
  • var_id: tdsa
  • names: near surface (~2m) dewpoint temperature anomaly
  • var_id: clm
  • units: deg C
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) dewpoint temperature climatology
  • names: near surface (~2m) dewpoint temperature climatology
  • var_id: std
  • units: deg C
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) dewpoint temperature standard deviation
  • names: near surface (~2m) dewpoint temperature standard deviation
  • var_id: hurs
  • standard_name: relative_humidity
  • units: %rh
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) relative humidity
  • names: relative_humidity, near surface (~2m) relative humidity
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) relative humidity anomaly
  • var_id: hursa
  • units: %rh
  • names: near surface (~2m) relative humidity anomaly
  • var_id: clm
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) relative humidity climatology
  • units: %rh
  • names: near surface (~2m) relative humidity climatology
  • var_id: std
  • units: %rh
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) relative humidity standard deviation
  • names: near surface (~2m) relative humidity standard deviation
  • var_id: vps
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) vapor pressure
  • units: hPa
  • standard_name: water_vapor_partial_pressure_in_air
  • names: water_vapor_partial_pressure_in_air, near surface (~2m) vapor pressure
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) vapor pressure anomaly
  • var_id: vpsa
  • units: hPa
  • names: near surface (~2m) vapor pressure anomaly
  • var_id: clm
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) vapor pressure climatology
  • units: hPa
  • names: near surface (~2m) vapor pressure climatology
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) vapor pressure standard deviation
  • var_id: std
  • units: hPa
  • names: near surface (~2m) vapor pressure standard deviation
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) wetbulb temperature
  • units: deg C
  • standard_name: wet_bulb_temperature
  • var_id: tws
  • names: wet_bulb_temperature, near surface (~2m) wetbulb temperature
  • var_id: twsa
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) wetbulb temperature anomaly
  • units: deg C
  • names: near surface (~2m) wetbulb temperature anomaly
  • var_id: clm
  • units: deg C
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) wetbulb temperature climatology
  • names: near surface (~2m) wetbulb temperature climatology
  • var_id: std
  • units: deg C
  • long_name: near surface (~2m) wetbulb temperature standard deviation
  • names: near surface (~2m) wetbulb temperature standard deviation
  • var_id: adjunc
  • long_name: uncorrelated 2 sigma adjustment uncertainty for gridbox
  • units: hPa
  • names: uncorrelated 2 sigma adjustment uncertainty for gridbox
  • var_id: climunc
  • long_name: uncorrelated 2 sigma climatology uncertainty for gridbox
  • units: hPa
  • names: uncorrelated 2 sigma climatology uncertainty for gridbox
  • var_id: measunc
  • long_name: uncorrelated 2 sigma measurement uncertainty for gridbox
  • units: hPa
  • names: uncorrelated 2 sigma measurement uncertainty for gridbox
  • units: hPa
  • var_id: stnunc
  • long_name: uncorrelated 2 sigma observation uncertainty for gridbox
  • names: uncorrelated 2 sigma observation uncertainty for gridbox
  • var_id: sampunc
  • units: hPa
  • long_name: uncorrelated 2 sigma sampling uncertainty for gridbox
  • names: uncorrelated 2 sigma sampling uncertainty for gridbox
  • long_name: uncorrelated combined 2 sigma uncertainty for gridbox
  • var_id: stdunc
  • units: hPa
  • names: uncorrelated combined 2 sigma uncertainty for gridbox

Co-ordinate Variables

  • standard_name: latitude
  • var_id: latitude
  • long_name: gridbox centre latitude
  • units: degrees_north
  • names: latitude, gridbox centre latitude
  • units: degrees_east
  • standard_name: longitude
  • long_name: gridbox centre longitude
  • var_id: longitude
  • names: longitude, gridbox centre longitude
  • long_name: latitude gridbox boundaries
  • standard_name: latitude
  • var_id: bounds_lat
  • names: latitude, latitude gridbox boundaries
  • long_name: longitude gridbox boundaries
  • var_id: bounds_lon
  • standard_name: longitude
  • names: longitude, longitude gridbox boundaries
  • long_name: time
  • standard_name: time
  • var_id: time
  • names: time
  • long_name: time period boundaries
  • var_id: bounds_time
  • standard_name: time
  • names: time, time period boundaries
Coverage
Temporal Range
Start time:
1973-01-01T00:00:00
End time:
2019-12-31T23:59:59
Geographic Extent

 
90.0000°
 
-180.0000°
 
180.0000°
 
-90.0000°