Geografie 2009, 114, 350-362

A regression evaluation of thermal continentality

Kateřina Mikolášková

Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

This paper considers climate continentality from the point of view of temperature. Primary indices, developed for climate continentality, are presented and compared and a proposal is made for a new index. The newly proposed index is based on daily temperature means and considers the influence of latitude in the Earth’s temperature distribution. The regression function was selected to best reflect the dependence of annual temperature mean on latitude. Several possible indices are evaluated.


The paper was completed with financial support from Research Programme No. MSM 0021620831 sponsored by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.


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