China Weather, 1912-49: Data Rescue

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Ivan P. L. Png

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Yeh-Ning Chen

National Taiwan University - Department of Finance

Junhong Chu

NUS Business School

Yikang Feng

Independent

Date Written: September 16, 2019

Abstract

Systematic data on Chinese weather prior to 1949 is very sparse. Such data is important to better understand both long-term regional climate variability and the social and economic consequences of weather shocks. Here, we compile 463,025 instrumental observations of daily temperature, precipitation, and sunshine at up to 330 sites in China during the Nationalist era, 1912-49. The principal sources are monthly reports of the Institute of Meteorology, Nanjing, North China Meteorological Section of the Japanese Army, and observatories in Japanese-occupied Manchuria. This new dataset provides a valuable dataset for scientific and academic research.

Keywords: Meteorology, China, Data rescue

Suggested Citation

Png, Ivan P. L. and Chen, Yeh-Ning and Chu, Junhong and Feng, Yikang, China Weather, 1912-49: Data Rescue (September 16, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3454857

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