Articles | Volume 18, issue 6
Research article
24 Jun 2022
Research article |  | 24 Jun 2022

A global inventory of quantitative documentary evidence related to climate since the 15th century

Angela-Maria Burgdorf

Data sets

Ensemble Kalman Fitting Paleo-Reanalysis Version 2 (EKF400_v2) J. Franke, V. Valler, Y. Brugnara, and S. Brönnimann

Towards a more reliable historical reanalysis: Improvements for version 3 of the Twentieth Century Reanalysis system ( Laura C. Slivinski, Gilbert P. Compo, Jeffrey S. Whitaker, Prashant D. Sardeshmukh, Benjamin S. Giese, Chesley McColl, Rob Allan, Xungang Yin, Russell Vose, Holly Titchner, John Kennedy, Lawrence J. Spencer, Linden Ashcroft, Stefan Brönnimann, Manola Brunet, Dario Camuffo, Richard Cornes, Thomas A. Cram, Richard Crouthamel, Fernando Domínguez-Castro, J. Eric Freeman, Joëlle Gergis, Ed Hawkins, Philip D. Jones, Sylvie Jourdain, Alexey Kaplan, Hisayuki Kubota, Frank Le Blancq, Tsz-Cheung Lee, Andrew Lorrey, Jürg Luterbacher, Maurizio Maugeri, Cary J. Mock, G.W. Kent Moore, Rajmund Przybylak, Christa Pudmenzky, Chris Reason, Victoria C. Slonosky, Catherine A. Smith, Birger Tinz, Blair Trewin, Maria Antónia Valente, Xiaolan L. Wang, Clive Wilkinson, Kevin Wood, Przemysław Wyszyński

Short summary
This comprehensive inventory of quantitative documentary evidence related to climate extending back to 1400 CE promotes the first ever global perspective on documentary climate records. It lays the foundation for incorporating documentary evidence from archives of societies into global-scale climate reconstructions, complementing (early) instrumental measurements and natural climate proxies. Documentary records are particularly relevant in seasons and regions poorly covered by natural proxies.