Climatic Change

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 67–79 | Cite as

Indications of change of climate from the analysis of air temperature time series in Athens, Greece

  • Bas D. Katsoulis


Air temperature data of Athens are analysed to point out the variations caused by natural controls and anthropogenic activities. The study of the temperature records from 1858 to 1982 at Athens, on the southeast coast of Greece, supports the findings of earlier studies which indicate that the period of the 1920's to the 1950's were, climatologically, warmer than the preceding 60 yr and after about 1960. In particular, minimum temperatures show an increase from the 1920's to the 1980's, possibly due to the urbanization of the area. The climatological trends are clearly indicated in the data, when averaged over 30 yr and/or a numerical low-pass filtering technique is used. However, the sizes of the trends in climate are smaller than the interannual variations in the temperature measures. Over periods of several generations these small variations in climate cannot have had any effect on human activity when compared with the large effects caused by the interannual variability in the temperature.


Time Series Human Activity Temperature Measure Minimum Temperature Small Variation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bas D. Katsoulis
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  1. 1.Division of Astro-Geophysics (section of Meteorology and Climatology), Department of PhysicsUniversity of IoanninaGreece

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