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This resource is published by Funk et al. (2015) and represents a quasi-global (50°S-50°S) rainfall estimation at a monthly resolution starting with the year 1981 to the near-present. It has a spatial resolution of 0.05°. The data can be used to retrieve information on the amount of rainfall. Due to the availability of +30 years, anomaly detection and long-term average analysis is also possible. The routine will download the complete archive in order to support long-term average and anomaly calculations with respect to the 1981 - 2010 climate normal period. Thus no additional arguments need to be specified.


Global raster layers available for years 1981 to near-present.


Funk, C., Peterson, P., Landsfeld, M. et al. The climate hazards infrared precipitation with stations—a new environmental record for monitoring extremes. Sci Data 2, 150066 (2015). doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.66