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Scientists compiled 20th century temperature data in Spain as evidence of climatic change
Date:4/11/2008

ise to a very strange result which can not be explained 50 years later, explained Staudt. Besides this, there are human typographical errors which present non-homogeneous data.

Scientists have been working for five years to find out, evaluate and repair the data series. In order to make them as reliable as possible without converting them into a pretext for those reluctant to admit the existence of the Climatic Change, explained the researcher. Although he admits that he has not obtained absolute conclusions, he has managed to establish a normality criterion in the behaviour of temperatures. With a high level of probability, a qualitative decrease of seven degrees from April to May is not normal, as there should be a rise in any case, he said.

Due to the homogeneization problems specified in the analysed monthly series, the researchers have set themselves a very strict detection of un-homogeneities criterion. Despite this, the instrumental error in a temperature measurement is in the order of 0.1C, and the error of a difference between data, previously treated with the homogeneization method, rises to the order of 0.4C. This error is not negligible but anyway it is considerably smaller than the gross data.

To come to conclusions that confirm climatic change in Spain, at a high level of reliability, this technical work involves a necessary and obvious effort. Staudt said that the results obtained about the Climatic Change are not new, but they will confirm what we (almost) already knew.


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