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A 200 year precipitation index for the Central English Lake District.

Barker, Philip A. and Wilby, R. L. and Borrows, J. (2004) A 200 year precipitation index for the Central English Lake District. Hydrological Sciences - Journal des Sciences Hydrologiques, 49 (5). pp. 769-785. ISSN 0262-6667

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    Abstract

    The geographical context and hydroclimatology of the English Lake District means that the region is an important monitor of changes to nationally significant environmental assets. Using monthly rainfall series for sites in and around the central Lake District, a continuous similar to200-year precipitation index was constructed for a representative station close to Grasmere. The bridged series shows a significant decline in summer rainfall since the 1960s, offset by increases in winter and spring that are strongly linked to North Atlantic forcing. Over longer time periods, the index exhibits several notable dry (1850s, 1880s, 1890s, 1930s, 1970s) and wet (1820s, 1870s, 1920s, 1940s, 1990s) decades. These patterns are strongly reflected by reservoir inflow series and by indicators of the biological status of the region's freshwater lakes. It is argued that long-term climate indices will become increasingly important as managers seek to evaluate recent and project environmental changes within the context of long-term natural variability.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Hydrological Sciences - Journal des Sciences Hydrologiques
    Uncontrolled Keywords: NORTH-ATLANTIC OSCILLATION ; BRITISH-ISLES ; ESTHWAITE WATER ; UNITED-KINGDOM ; GULF-STREAM ; CLIMATE ; WEATHER ; TEMPERATURES ; VARIABILITY
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
    Faculty of Science and Technology
    ID Code: 320
    Deposited By: Dr Philip Barker
    Deposited On: 12 Jan 2007
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:04
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/320

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