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Temperature Variations and Trends in the Segura River Basin. An Exploratory Analysis

  • R. Horcas
  • D. Rasilla
  • F. Fernández-García
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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to assess the variation and trends of the mean daily maximum and minimum temperatures in the Segura River basin (Spain) during the second half of the 20th century. To characterise the temporal evolution of these parameters in the Segura River basin (Spain), we obtained the temporal series corresponding to the monthly average of the daily maximum and minimum temperature from an extensive dataset of meteorological stations in the SE peninsular. After a rigorous process of quality control and homogenisation of the selected series, a 58 year dataset (1940–1997) was constructed from 23 stations in the Segura River basin. We analysed the annual and seasonal evolution of the maximum and minimum temperatures for three areas (Mountain, High plateau, and Low fertile plain/coast). The results indicate a significant increase in both variables, but more intense in the maximum temperatures in the Mountain region, and in the minimum temperature in the Low fertile plain. These results are consistent with the intensification of anticyclonic situations proposed by other authors.

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Minimum Temperature Daily Minimum Temperature High Plateau Quality Control Process Annual Rainfall Series 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Horcas
    • 1
  • D. Rasilla
    • 1
  • F. Fernández-García
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de GeografíaUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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