Gridded estimates of hourly areal rainfall for Great Britain (1990-2014) [CEH-GEAR1hr]

  • Elizabeth Lewis (Creator)
  • N. Quinn (Creator)
  • Stephen Blenkinsop (Creator)
  • H.J. Fowler (Creator)
  • J. Freer (Creator)
  • Maliko Tanguy (Creator)
  • Olivia Hitt (Creator)
  • Gemma Coxon (Creator)
  • Paul D Bates (Creator)
  • Ross A Woods (Creator)
  • Elizabeth Lewis (Contributor)



The dataset contains 1km gridded estimates of hourly rainfall for Great-Britain for the period 1990-2014. The estimates are derived by applying the nearest neighbour interpolation method to a national database of hourly raingauge observations collated by Newcastle University and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). These interpolated hourly estimates were then used to temporally disaggregate the CEH-GEAR daily rainfall dataset. The estimated rainfall on a given hour refers to the rainfall amount accumulated in the previous hour. The dataset also contains data indicating the distance between the grid point and the closest recording raingauge used in its interpolation. When this distance is greater than 50km, or there is zero rainfall recorded in the closest gauge, the daily value is disaggregated using a design storm. The dataset therefore also contains a flag indicating if the design storm was used. These data are provided as an indicator of the quality of the estimates.
Date made available2019
PublisherNERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
Geospatial polygon49.864, 1.768, 60.861, -8.648

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