Geoinformatics & Geostatistics: An OverviewISSN: 2327-4581

Research Article, Geoinfor Geostat An Overview Vol: 1 Issue: 3

Earth Atmospheric Land Surface Temperature and Station Quality in the Contiguous United States

Richard A Muller1,2,3*, Jonathan Wurtele2,3, Robert Rohde1, Robert Jacobsen2,3, Saul Perlmutter2,3, Arthur Rosenfeld2,3, Judith Curry4,Donald Groom3, Charlotte Wickham5 and Steven Mosher1
1Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project, USA
2University of California, Berkeley, USA
3Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
4Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
5Oregon State University, USA
Corresponding author : Richard A Muller
Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project, 2831 Garber St., Berkeley CA 94705, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: February 15, 2013 Accepted: May 15, 2013 Published: May 20, 2013
Citation: Muller RA, Wurtele J, Rohde R, Jacobsen R, Perlmutter S, et al. (2013) Earth Atmospheric Land Surface Temperature and Station Quality in the Contiguous United States. Geoinfor Geostat: An Overview 1:3. doi:10.4172/2327-4581.1000107

Abstract

Earth Atmospheric Land Surface Temperature and Station Quality in the Contiguous United States

A survey organized by A. Watts has thrown doubt on the usefulness of historic thermometer data in analyzing the record of global warming. That survey found that 70% of the USHCN temperature stations had potential temperature biases from 2°C to 5°C, large compared to the estimated global warming (1956 to 2005) of 0.64 ± 0.13°C. In the current paper we study this issue with two approaches. The first is a simple histogram study of temperature trends in groupings of stations based on Watt’s survey of station quality.

Keywords: Temperature analysis; Linear regression; Root-mean-square

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