Mauritius - Country-level Climate Data Summary
These country-level climate data summaries were prepared with funding from the UNDP National Communication Suport Programme (NSCP) and the UK government Department for International Development (DfiD) in order to address the climate change information gap for developing countries by making use of existing climate data to generate a series of country-level studies of climate observations and the multi-model projections made available through the WCRP CMIP3. A consistent approach has been applied for 52 developing countries in order to produce an 'off the shelf' analysis of climate data, and also make available the underlying data for each country for use in further research.
For more information: UNDP Climate Change Country Profiles
For each of the 52 countries, a report contains a set of maps and diagrams demonstrating the observed and projected climates of that country as country average timeseries as well as maps depicting changes on a 2.5° grid and summary tables of the data. A narrative summarises the data in the figures, and placing it in the context of the country's general climate.
A dataset containing the underlying observed and model data for that country, is made available for use in further research projects. The files are smaller and more manageable than the global fields made available by the PCMDI, and in text format which can be easily downloaded, read and manipulated.
Source: University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment. Accessed on 3 December 2009 at: http://country-profiles.geog.ox.ac.uk/.
Recent Climate Trends
- Mean annual temperature has increased by 0.6°C since 1960, an average rate of 0.13°C per decade.
- This increase in temperature is most rapid in JFM (0.16°C per decade) and least rapid in OND (0.10°C per decade).
- There is insufficient daily temperature data available from which to determine trends in daily temperature extremes.
- The large inter‐annual and inter‐decadal variations in rainfall in this part of the world mean that it is difficult to identify long term trends. Whilst there is no evident trend in annual rainfall, OND rainfall has declined over the period 1960 to 2006, at an average rate of 7.7mm per month (8.7%) per decade.
- There are insufficient daily rainfall observations available to identify trends in daily rainfall extremes.