Articles | Volume 16, issue 6
Research article
16 Jun 2016
Research article |  | 16 Jun 2016

An intercomparison of tropical cyclone best-track products for the southwest Pacific

Andrew D. Magee, Danielle C. Verdon-Kidd, and Anthony S. Kiem

Data sets

The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre Tropical Cyclone Best-Tracks JTWC

The International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship (IBTrACS) K. R. Knapp, M. C. Kruk, D. H., Levinson, H. J. Diamond, and C. J. Neumann 50index.php?name=ibtracs-data

Development of an enhanced tropical cyclone tracks database for the southwest Pacific from 1840 to 2010 H. J. Diamond, A. M. Lorrey, K. R. Knapp, and D. H. Levinson

Short summary
We examine the spatiotemporal differences between three TC databases for the southwest Pacific region. In addition, the usefulness of pre-satellite era TC data (1945–1969) is evaluated. While changes in observational technologies from 1945 have undoubtedly improved our ability to detect and monitor TCs, we show that pre-satellite era TC data are not temporally or statistically different to post-satellite era data (1970–present).
Final-revised paper