Birmingham Urban Climate Laboratory - A high density, urban meteorological dataset, from 2012 -2014

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Authors

  • Elliott Warren
  • Duick Young
  • C. S B Grimmond

External organisations

  • University of Reading, Department of Meteorology
  • Earley Gate
  • University of Reading

Abstract

There is a paucity of urban meteorological observations worldwide, hindering progress in understanding and mitigating urban meteorological hazards and extremes. High quality urban datasets are required to monitor the impacts of climatological events, whilst providing data for evaluation of numerical models. The Birmingham Urban Climate Laboratory was established as an exemplar network to meet this demand for urban canopy layer observations. It comprises of an array of 84 wireless air temperature sensors nested within a coarser array of 24 automatic weather stations, with observations available between June 2012 and December 2014. data routinely underwent quality control, follows the ISO 8601 naming format and benefits from extensive site metadata. The data have been used to investigate the structure of the urban heat island in Birmingham and its associated societal and infrastructural impacts. The network is now being repurposed into a testbed for the assessment of crowd-sourced and satellite data, but the original dataset is now available for further analysis, and an open invitation is extended for its academic use.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article number160038
JournalScientific Data
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2016