Posted by drj | Filed under Uncategorized
The format of the files in refreshingly simple. 180 rows with 360 space separated numbers. It takes nothing more than a few dozen lines of Python to convert this into the 8000 cell format that ccc-gistemp uses for its step5mask.
Even at this blobby scale there are some suspicious features (missing). Where is Ascension or Cocos Islands? I don’t think it’s an artefact of my processing, because they don’t appear on the ISLSCP file either; that’s probably a bug. So accepting that their might be some minor issues with islands and so on, we can go on to do a run of ccc-gistemp using this land mask:
As mentioned in the previous article, restricting to land de-emphasises coastal stations which generally warm less slowly. So the restricted version of the analysis has a stronger warming trend.
Many of the partial land cells will have ocean data and will not have a nearby land station to count as a land cell in the usual GISTEMP analysis. So we find that excluding cells that have ocean data (and no nearby land station) results in an even stronger trend. The red graph is reprised from the previous article:
(pedants should note that in the above graph “cells with ocean data” means “cells with ocean data and where the nearest land station to the cell’s centre is more than 100 km away”)
There are countless variations one could try such as weighting cells by their coverage, or using a threshold of 50% land cover. As far as an estimate of land temperatures go, such variations amount to interpolating between those two curves on the previous chart. Roughly.