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A Reference Climate Station (RCS) is defined as follows:

"A climatological station, the data of which are intended for the purpose of determining climatic trends. This requires long periods (not less than thirty years) of homogeneous records, where human-influenced environmental changes have been and/or are expected to remain at a minimum. Ideally the records should be of sufficient length to enable the identification of secular [over time] changes of climate."

Click here for detailed information on the Reference Climate Station (RCS) Network.

Click here for a map of the RCS network. The yellow dots (blue in the inset) represent the Australian Reference Climate Stations. By clicking on the dots you can see the station details and a picture of the equipment type and placement.

Click here for a full listing of the RCS network in Australia.