A Hierarchical Collection of Political/Economic Regions for Analysis of Climate Extremes

TitleA Hierarchical Collection of Political/Economic Regions for Analysis of Climate Extremes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsStone, Dáithí A.
JournalClimatic Change
Volume155
Number4
Pages639-656
Date Published09/2019
Abstract / Summary

This paper describes five sets of regions intended for use in summarizing extreme weather over Earth’s land areas from a climate perspective. The sets differ in terms of their target size: ∼10 Mm2, ∼5 Mm2, ∼2 Mm2, ∼0.5 Mm2, and ∼0.1 Mm2 (where 1 Mm2= 1 million km2). The regions are based on political/economic divisions, and hence are intended to be primarily aligned with geographical domains of decision-making and disaster response rather than other factors such as climatological homogeneity. This paper describes the method for defining these sets of regions; provides the final definitions of the regions; and performs some comparisons across the five sets and other available regional definitions with global land coverage, according to climatological and non-climatological properties.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-019-02479-6
DOI10.1007/s10584-019-02479-6
Journal: Climatic Change
Year of Publication: 2019
Volume: 155
Number: 4
Pages: 639-656
Date Published: 09/2019

This paper describes five sets of regions intended for use in summarizing extreme weather over Earth’s land areas from a climate perspective. The sets differ in terms of their target size: ∼10 Mm2, ∼5 Mm2, ∼2 Mm2, ∼0.5 Mm2, and ∼0.1 Mm2 (where 1 Mm2= 1 million km2). The regions are based on political/economic divisions, and hence are intended to be primarily aligned with geographical domains of decision-making and disaster response rather than other factors such as climatological homogeneity. This paper describes the method for defining these sets of regions; provides the final definitions of the regions; and performs some comparisons across the five sets and other available regional definitions with global land coverage, according to climatological and non-climatological properties.

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-019-02479-6
Citation:
Stone, DA.  2019.  "A Hierarchical Collection of Political/Economic Regions for Analysis of Climate Extremes."  Climatic Change 155(4): 639-656.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-019-02479-6.