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Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC) Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI)

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Deutscher Wetterdienst

The GPCC Gridded Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) is derived from the GPCC monthly precipitation dataset and includes timescales of 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60 and 72 months. The SPI is available with both the gamma and Pearson Type III types of distribution fittings.

The GPCC monthly dataset is a gridded dataset for climate monitoring purposes and related research. All users are requested to refer to the GPCC and the product specific DOI (Digital Object Identifier) reference as provided below. Available are the following user tailored products that differ with regard to the underlying data and the use case:

Near real-time First Guess of monthly precipitation anomalies based on SYNOP messages of meanwhile approx. 7,000 stations arriving with Deutscher Wetterdienst.


Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC) SPI Data Products: view GPCC gridded monthly SPI products on the Global Drought Information System (GDIS) Site

Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC) SPI Data Products: download GPCC SPI products