Articles | Volume 22, issue 8
Research article
28 Aug 2018
Research article |  | 28 Aug 2018

Evaluation of multiple climate data sources for managing environmental resources in East Africa

Solomon Hailu Gebrechorkos, Stephan Hülsmann, and Christian Bernhofer

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In Africa field-based meteorological data are scarce; therefore global data sources based on remote sensing and climate models are often used as alternatives. To assess their suitability for a large and topographically complex area in East Africa, we evaluated multiple climate data products with available ground station data at multiple timescales over 21 regions. The comprehensive evaluation resulted in identification of preferential data sources to be used for climate and hydrological studies.