Agriculture, Energy and Climate Change – Overview
This section contains data related to specific sectors covering agriculture, energy usage, weather and climate change. Agricultural statistics based on manorial accounts and probate data allow annual estimates of arable and pastoral output to be constructed almost continuously back to the C13th. Meteorological data becomes available from the late C17th as does data on energy usage. Emissions data are now available from the mid-C19th. The data are backed up by numerous official publications on agriculture and the Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES).
Agricultural StatisticsA compendium of agricultural statistics is available for the years 1866-1966: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Historical Energy Statistics from 1700Professor Roger Fouquet of The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE has compiled a data set on energy consumption starting in the C18th: National Infrastructure Commission that collated relevant historical energy statistics and provides time series data on historical energy consumption, energy prices and carbon dioxide emissions in the UK.
- Historical coal data: coal production, availability and consumption since 1853
- Historical coke and breeze data: coal carbonized and coke and breeze produced at coke ovens since 1920
- Historical gas data: gas production and consumption and fuel input since 1920
- Oil and Petroleum Imports since 1920
- Historical Electricity Data since 1920
Met Office Data on Temperature and Rainfall since 1659Researchers at the Met Office Hadley Centre produce and maintain a range of datasets of meteorological variables for use in climate monitoring and climate research. Their website provides access to these datasets or, in some cases, links to other places from where where they can be obtained. Links to long time series on temperature and rainfall are linked below:
- Hadley Centre Central England Temperature (HadCET) dataset
- HadUKP - UK regional precipitation series
Historical Emissions and Climate Change data from 1850The PRIMAP-hist dataset by Johannes Gütschow, Louise Jeffery and Robert Gieseke at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research combines several published datasets to create a comprehensive set of greenhouse gas emission pathways for every country and Kyoto gas covering the years 1850 to 2016, and all UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) member states, as well as most non-UNFCCC territories. The data resolves the main IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 2006 categories. For CO2, CH4, and N2O subsector data for Energy, Industrial Processes and Agriculture is available. Version 2.0 of the PRIMAP-hist dataset does not include emissions from Land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF).
Agricultural StatisticsGuides to sources of agricultural and food statistics can be found here:
- Agricultural Statistics
- Annual Review of Agriculture
- Development of the Oil and Gas Resources of the UK
- Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) 1938-1994
- Energy Trends
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