Toward Locally Relevant Global Hydrological Simulations


1‑km res­o­lu­tion
Köp­pen-Geiger cli­mate
clas­si­fi­ca­tion maps

We present new glob­al maps of the Köp­pen-Geiger cli­mate clas­si­fi­ca­tion at an unprece­dent­ed 1‑km res­o­lu­tion for the present day (1980–2016) and for pro­ject­ed future con­di­tions (2071–2100) under cli­mate change.

The present-day map is derived from an ensem­ble of four high-res­o­lu­tion, topo­graph­i­cal­ly-cor­rect­ed cli­mat­ic maps; the future map is derived from an ensem­ble of 32 cli­mate mod­el pro­jec­tions (sce­nario RCP8.5), by super­im­pos­ing the pro­ject­ed cli­mate change anom­aly on the base­line high-res­o­lu­tion cli­mat­ic maps.

New and improved Köp­pen-Geiger clas­si­fi­ca­tion maps for present-day and future con­di­tions. Maps with con­fi­dence lev­els asso­ci­at­ed with the clas­si­fi­ca­tions are also avail­able.

The maps can be down­loaded here. The data and code are released under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license and thus may not be used for com­mer­cial pur­pos­es. The maps can be visu­al­ized and ana­lyzed using most Geo­graph­ic Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems (GIS) pack­ages, includ­ing QGIS, ArcGIS, and GRASS. The zip file also includes a legend.txt file link­ing the num­bers with the class­es. Please cite the fol­low­ing paper when using the maps in any pub­li­ca­tion:

His­toric Köp­pen-Geiger clas­si­fi­ca­tion maps for the Euro­pean Alps from this study, Kot­tek et al. [2006], Peel et al. [2007], and Kriti­cos et al. [2012].

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