Climate

Cross-MSDI Relationships

The Climate datasets relate to the following other MSDI framework themes:

Themes used in development:

  • Elevation—there is strong relationship between meteorological variables and topography in Montana. Topography is one input that drives the interpolation of meteorological variables between climate stations.

Themes used in summarization:

  • Hydrologic Units—serves as a boundary for display and for summarizing climate-related statistics that are meaningful to determining water availability or the condition of the terrestrial landscape.
  • Hydrography—contributes water features for relating climate statistics to hydrology.
  • Administrative Boundaries/Cadastral—county boundaries serve as a boundary for display and for summarizing climate-related statistics that are meaningful to local government.

Themes used in interpretation:

  • Land Use / Land Cover—used in analysis to partition a climate analysis, and make interpretations of terrestrial impacts.
  • Soils—used in analysis to partition a climate analysis, and make interpretations of terrestrial impacts.
  • Geology—used in analysis to partition a climate analysis, and make interpretations of terrestrial impacts.