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LocClim (LOCal Climate) website and server

Last modified September 29, 2004 07:34

We thus developed a tool to estimate climate for any location on land. The LocClim CD-ROM http://www.fao.org/sd/2002/EN1203a_en.htm) was published at the end of 2002. It can now be downloaded as "LOCCLIM version 1.0.zip" from ftp://ext-ftp.fao.org/SD/Upload/Agromet.

Dear colleagues,
FAOCLIM, the global monthly climate databse of FAO (FAOCLIM, 29000 stations; see http://www.fao.org/sd/2001/EN1102_en.htm) never seems to have the info for the very locations where we work...
We thus developed a tool to estimate climate for any location on land. The LocClim CD-ROM http://www.fao.org/sd/2002/EN1203a_en.htm) was  published at the end of 2002. It can now be downloaded as "LOCCLIM version 1.0.zip" from ftp://ext-ftp.fao.org/SD/Upload/Agromet.
In parallel, we have developed a web version of LocClim which can be accessed at http://www.fao.org/sd/locclim.
The web LocClim site allows other servers to perform interoperability transactions: other servers can directly query the LocClim service to get climate data that they can process for their own purposes. If you are interested in getting the technical information about the interoperability service, please drop a line to agromet@fao.org or open the following link http://www.fao.org/sd/locclim/html/en/interoperability.html.
A new version of LocClim (New_LocClim) was developed in collaboration with the German Weather Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst), more specifically the Global Precipitation Climatology Centre GPCC (see: http://gpcc.dwd.de ). The New_LocClim has all the standard interpolation methods (IDW, kriging, Shepard, thin-plate splines...) and a number of added functionalities in comparison to LocClim. The beta version of the New_LocClim can also be downloaded from the site mentioned above, i.e. ftp://ext-ftp.fao.org/SD/Upload/Agromet.
Compared with LocClim, the New_LocClim adds many features, in particular most popular interpolation techniques We are in the process of updating the database (which was weak in developed countries and for certain variables such as PET) and we hope to publish it around September 2004. To "book" your copy, pls drop a line to  agromet@fao.org

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