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Table 1 Definition of temperature and rainfall indices selected from Zhang and Yang (2004)

From: Adapting to the impacts of climate change in the sub-humid zone of Burkina Faso, West Africa: Perceptions of agro-pastoralists

Elements Index Descriptive names Definition Unit
Tn Tn10P Cool night frequency Percentage of days with TN < 10th percentile of 1980 to 2012 %
Tn Tn90P Warm night frequency Percentage of days with TN > 90th percentile of 1980 to 2012 %
Tx Tx10P Cool day frequency Percentage of days with TX < 10th percentile of 1980 to 2012 %
Tx Tx90P Warm night frequency Percentage of days with TX > 90th percentile of 1980 to 2012 %
Rainfall PRCPTOT Annual total rainfall Annual total PRCP in wet days (RR > 1 mm) mm
Rainfall R5-days Maximum 5 days precipitation Maximum 5 days precipitation mm
Rainfall R99P Extremely wet days Annual total PRCP when RR > 99th percentile mm
  1. Tn and Tx are the minimum and maximum temperatures, respectively