Articles | Volume 15, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 3071–3075, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-15-3071-2011
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 3071–3075, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-15-3071-2011

Technical note 07 Oct 2011

Technical note | 07 Oct 2011

Technical note: Towards a continuous classification of climate using bivariate colour mapping

A. J. Teuling A. J. Teuling
  • Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Abstract. Climate is often defined in terms of discrete classes. Here I use bivariate colour mapping to show that the global distribution of Köppen-Geiger climate classes can largely be reproduced by combining the simple means of two key states of the climate system (i.e. air temperature and relative humidity). This allows for a classification that is not only continuous in space, but can be applied at and transferred between timescales ranging from days to decades.