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Identification Information
Citation
Citation Information
Originator
Bureau of Meteorology
Publication Date
2006
Title
Koeppen climate classification (base climate related classification datasets)
Description
Abstract
The grid shows the Koeppen classification indices across Australia in the form of two-dimensional array data. The classification is based on standard 30-year period (1961-1990) rainfall and temperature grids.

The classification was based on mean monthly and annual rainfall, maximum temperature and minimum temperature grids.

For more information see : Stern, H., de Hoedt, G. and Ernst, J. 1999. Objective classification of Australian climates. Aust. Met. Mag. 49 (2000) 87-96.

The base grids were generated using the ANU (Australian National University) 3-D Spline (surface fitting algorithm).
The resolution of the data is 0.025 degrees ( approximately 2.5km) - as part of the 3-D analysis process a 0.025 degree resolution digital elevation model (DEM) was used.  
All input station data underwent a high degree of quality control before analysis, and conform to WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) standards for data quality.

Grid-point indices on the classification grid are as follows:
Equatorial
42  rainforest (monsoonal)
41  savanna
Tropical
37  rainforest (persistently wet)
36  rainforest (monsoonal)
35  savanna
Subtropical
34  no dry season
33  distinctly dry summer
32  distinctly dry winter
31  moderately dry winter
Desert
24  hot (persistently dry)
23  hot (summer drought)
22  hot (winter drought)
21  warm (persistently dry)
Grassland
15  hot (persistently dry)
14  hot (summer drought)
13  hot (winter drought)
12  warm (persistently dry)
11  warm (summer drought)
Temperate 9  no dry season (hot summer)
8  moderately dry winter (hot summer)
7  distinctly dry (and hot) summer
6  no dry season (warm summer)
5  moderately dry winter (warm summer)
4  distinctly dry (and warm) summer
3  no dry season (mild summer)
2  distinctly dry (and mild) summer
1 no dry season (cool summer)
Status
Progress
Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency
Ongoing
Keywords
Gridded, spline, analyses, climatology, rainfall, meteorology, classification
Access Constraints
Please note that the copyright for any data supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology is held in the Commonwealth of Australia and the purchaser shall give acknowledgement of the source in reference to the data.  Apart from dealings under the Copyright Act 1968, the purchaser shall not reproduce (electronically or otherwise), modify or supply (by sale or otherwise) these data without written permission from the supplier.  Please contact us (see details below) for more information.
Data Quality Information
Positional Accuracy
The observational (station) data on which the analyses were based have an associated accuracy of the order of 0.01 degrees (approximately 1km) or better.
Attribute Accuracy
Attribute Accuracy Report
Grid point data are post-processed.  For more information (metadata) on observing stations please contact us.
Completeness Report
No missing data
Metadata Reference Information
Metadata Contact
Contact Information
Contact Position
Climate Data Services
Contact Address
Address Type
mail address
Address
PO BOX 1289, Melbourne 3001, Australia
City
Melbourne
State or Province
Victoria
Postal Code
3001
Country
Australia
Contact Voice Telephone
(03) 9669 4082
Contact Electronic Mail Address
climatedata♲bom.gov.au

Last updated: 22 March 2013

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Climate zones – spatial metadata, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 30 October 2017, <https://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/get-mapping-help/metadata/climate-zone/>.

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