Geographia Polonica (1996) vol. 67

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Effects of regional and local climatic controls on multiannual air temperature series

Barbara Obrębska-Starklowa

Geographia Polonica (1996) vol. 67, pp. 59-76


Contemporary climatic changes occur on global, regional and local scales. On each of these, changes are shaped by a set of various climatic controls, whose concurrent action has various effects on the functioning of climate in time and space. The climate of the Raba River valley in the period 1971-1992 is presented in this study as an example of the changes that can take place in the character and structure of a local climate. The regional scale trends of air temperature changes for the Carpathian Foothills are presented along with local scale transformation of climatic relations in the Foothill valleys produced by the construction of a reservoir. It is also demonstrated how an analysis of trends in air temperature changes can help detect inhomogeneities in observation series made for different types of topoclimate.

Keywords: topoclimate, climatic change, data homogeneity, human impact on climate

Barbara Obrębska-Starklowa, Department of Climatology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow