A description of spatial expanses of a specific variable such as air temperature, sea surface temperature, or solar irradiance. Fields of meteorological variables, typically gridded datasets, are frequently used to calibrate and validate regional climate models and climate forecast models. Climatological fields are useful for examining spatial patterns of a meteorological variable.
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term added 27 August 2014