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Interannual climate variability in the European and Alpine region
The present PhD dissertation examines climate variability in the European and Alpine regions. Measurements from the high-density climatological snow-, precipitation- and temperature networks are used to analyze local climate variability. Large-scale climate data sets are explored to characterise the continental-scale climate and to elucidate the connection between local and large-scale climate variability. The main purpose of the thesis is to improve our knowledge of variability in the climate system. Possible implications from ongoing and future climate change are also discussed. The main body of the thesis is composed of five publications in peer-reviewed journals.