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  • Dengel, Sigrid; Graf, Alexander; Gruenwald, Thomas; Hehn, Markus; Kolari, Pasi; Lofvenius, Mikaell Ottosson; Merbold, Lutz; Nicolini, Giacomo; Pavelka, Marian (2018)
    Precipitation is one of the most important abiotic variables related to plant growth. Using standardised measurements improves the comparability and quality of precipitation data as well as all other data within the Integrated Carbon Observation System network. Despite the spatial and temporal variation of some types of precipitation, a single point measurement satisfies the requirement as an ancillary variable for eddy covariance measurements. Here the term precipitation includes: rain, snowfall (liquid water equivalent) and snow depth, with the latter two being of interest only where occurring. Weighing gauges defined as Integrated Carbon Observation System standard with the capacity of continuously measuring liquid and solid precipitation are installed free-standing, away from obstacles obstructing rain or snowfall. In order to minimise wind-induced errors, gauges are shielded either naturally or artificially to reduce the adverse effect of wind speed on the measurements. Following standardised methods strengthens the compatibility and comparability of data with other standardised environmental observation networks while opening the possibility for synthesis studies of different precipitation measurement methodologies and types including a wide range of ecosystems and geolocations across Europe.
  • Pettersen, Claire; Bliven, Larry F.; von Lerber, Annakaisa; Wood, Norman B.; Kulie, Mark S.; Mateling, Marian E.; Moisseev, Dmitri N.; Munchak, S. Joseph; Petersen, Walter A.; Wolff, David B. (2020)
    Remote-sensing observations are needed to estimate the regional and global impacts of snow. However, to retrieve accurate estimates of snow mass and rate, these observations require augmentation through additional information and assumptions about hydrometeor properties. The Precipitation Imaging Package (PIP) provides information about precipitation characteristics and can be utilized to improve estimates of snowfall rate and accumulation. Here, the goal is to demonstrate the quality and utility of two higher-order PIP-derived products: liquid water equivalent snow rate and an approximation of volume-weighted density called equivalent density. Accuracy of the PIP snow rate and equivalent density is obtained through intercomparison with established retrieval methods and through evaluation with colocated ground-based observations. The results confirm the ability of the PIP-derived products to quantify properties of snow rate and equivalent density, and demonstrate that the PIP produces physically realistic snow characteristics. When compared to the National Weather Service (NWS) snow field measurements of six-hourly accumulation, the PIP-derived accumulations were biased only +2.48% higher. Additionally, this work illustrates fundamentally different microphysical and bulk features of low and high snow-to-liquid ratio events, through assessment of observed particle size distributions, retrieved mass coefficients, and bulk properties. Importantly, this research establishes the role that PIP observations and higher-order products can serve for constraining microphysical assumptions in ground-based and spaceborne remotely sensed snowfall retrievals.
  • Pirinen, Pentti; Simola, Henriikka; Aalto, Juha; Kaukoranta, Juho-Pekka; Karlsson, Pirkko; Ruuhela, Reija (Ilmatieteen laitos, 2012)
    Raportteja - Rapporter - Reports 2012:1
  • Pauli, Jokinen; Pirinen, Pentti; Kaukoranta, Juho-Pekka; Kangas, Antti; Alenius, Pekka; Eriksson, Patrick; Johansson, Milla; Wilkman, Sofia (Ilmatieteen laitos - Finnish Meteorological Institute, 2021)
    Raportteja - Rapporter - Reports 2021:8
    Tässä raportissa on ilmanpaineen, lämpötilan, suhteellisen kosteuden, sademäärän, lumensyvyyden, tuulen, auringonpaisteen ja kokonaissäteilyn ilmastotilastoja vertailukaudelta 1991–2020. Lisäksi on ensimmäistä kertaa tuotettu vertailukaudelle meritilastoja vedenkorkeudesta, veden pintalämpötilasta ja merijäästä. Havaintoasemien ja hila-aineiston perusteella on uuden 1991–2020 vertailukauden Suomen keskilämpötila noin 0,6 astetta edellistä 1981–2010 vertailukautta lämpimämpi. Verrattuna jaksoon 1961–1990 on uusi vertailukausi noin 1,3 astetta lämpimämpi. Ilmastollisia ja merellisiä tilastoja voidaan hyödyntää esimerkiksi ajankohtaisen sää- ja meriolosuhteiden laittamisessa historialliseen viitekehykseen. Lisäksi tilastoista on apua muun muassa kuukausien päähän ulottuvien sääriippuvaisten päätösten tekemisessä sekä ilmastonmuutoksen etenemisen seurannassa. Vertailukauden tilastot ovat tuotettu Maailman ilmatieteen järjestön (WMO) ohjeiden mukaisesti. Edellisten vertailukausien tapaan on esimerkiksi puuttuvien havaintojen määrässä käytetty kansallisesti tiukempia rajoja kuin WMO:n ohjeissa on kehotettu. Jakso 1991–2020 on sekä kansainvälisesti että Suomessa virallinen vertailukausi ennen kuin seuraava vertailukausi eli 2001–2030 otetaan käyttöön.
  • Cameron, Erin K.; Sundqvist, Maja K.; Keith, Sally A.; CaraDonna, Paul J.; Mousing, Erik A.; Nilsson, Karin A.; Metcalfe, Daniel B.; Classen, Aimée T. (2019)
    Abstract Trophic interactions within food webs affect species distributions, coexistence, and provision of ecosystem services but can be strongly impacted by climatic changes. Understanding these impacts is therefore essential for managing ecosystems and sustaining human well-being. Here, we conducted a global synthesis of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater studies to identify key gaps in our knowledge of climate change impacts on food webs and determine whether the areas currently studied are those most likely to be impacted by climate change. We found research suffers from a strong geographic bias, with only 3.5% of studies occurring in the tropics. Importantly, the distribution of sites sampled under projected climate changes was biased?areas with decreases or large increases in precipitation and areas with low magnitudes of temperature change were under-represented. Our results suggest that understanding of climate change impacts on food webs could be broadened by considering more than two trophic levels, responses in addition to species abundance and biomass, impacts of a wider suite of climatic variables, and tropical ecosystems. Most importantly, to enable better forecasts of biodiversity responses to climate change, we identify critically under-represented geographic regions and climatic conditions which should be prioritized in future research.
  • Sinclair, V. A.; Dacre, H. F. (2019)
    Predicted changes in Southern Hemisphere (SH) precipitation and Antarctic ice mass correspond to variations in the meridional moisture flux (MMF). Thirty-five years of ERA-Interim reanalysis data are combined with an extratropical cyclone (ETC) identification and tracking algorithm to investigate factors controlling SH MMF variability in the midlatitudes and near Antarctica. ETC characteristics which exert the strongest control on ETC MMF are determined thus identifying which ETCs contribute most to SH moisture transport. ETC poleward propagation speed exerts the strongest control on the ETC MMF across the Antarctic coastline. In SH winter, ETCs with the largest poleward propagation speeds transport 2.5 times more moisture than an average ETC. In the midlatitudes, ETC genesis latitude and poleward propagation speed have a similar influence on ETC MMF. Surprisingly, ETC maximum vorticity has little control on ETC MMF. Cyclone compositing is used to determine the reasons for these statistical relationships. ETCs generally exhibit a dipole of poleward and equatorward MMF downstream and upstream of the cyclone center, respectively. However, ETCs with the largest poleward propagation speeds resemble open frontal waves with strong poleward moisture transport downstream of the cyclone center only and thus result in the largest MMF. These results suggest that inhomogeneous trends and predicted changes in precipitation over Antarctica may be due to changes in cyclone track orientation, associated with changes to the large-scale background flow, in addition to changes in cyclone number or intensity.