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EcoChange climate data

The EU-funded project EcoChange (Challenges in assessing and forecasting biodiversity and ecosystem changes in Europe) aims to improve European domain ecosystem modelling and to assess the uncertainties inherent in attempts to predict the possible effects of environmental changes (including climate change) on biodiversity and the subsequent impacts on humans. Twenty three partners from all across Europe are participating in this project for the period 2007–2011.

In the framework this project climatic data files were compiled at CRU, by Dimitrios Efthymiadis, Keith Briffa and Phil Jones, from original observational and modelled climate data sets with a focus on the European region. These data files represent various surface climate parameters in the form of either 30-year means (1961–1990 & 2071–2100), or monthly mean time series (1950–2100), over a common geographical frame (12°–42°E & 30°N–72°N). The data can be used for species and biodiversity modelling, after appropriate local downscaling to finer spatial resolutions. An overview of the data files together with a brief analysis of specific seasonal climatic fields are provided in the data description section, whereas tabulated lists give the data file names, content, format and the associated hyperlinks for data downloading (subject to the conditions specified for each data category). They are accompanied by ancillary data notes and a references list. To assist with the use of these data, seasonal maps (for winter & summer) of all parameters are provided, currently in the form of postscript files. Some, statistics have also been calculated for selected modelled climate parameters, for the period 2071–2100.

Acknowledgements: EcoChange is an Integrated Project (IP) of the 6th Framework Programme, under Priority 6.3 - "Global Change and Ecosystems", of the European Commission / Research Directorates (contract number: FP6-036866). Modelled climate data were generated in the framework of PRUDENCE and ENSEMBLES projects, also supported by the European Commission.

Please note that when using any of the data provided here, we ask that the specified restrictions/acknowledgments indicated for the specific data are observed.