Temporal and Spatial Variability of Precipitation in The Magdalena Coastal Zone, Colombian Caribbean
This study concerns the analysis of temporal and spatial variability of precipitation during 1981-2010 from three
stations (Guachaca, Buritaca and Airport) in the Magdalena Coastal Zone, Colombian Caribbean. Temporal variability of
precipitation was determined by the precipitation classification based on the grounds of annual total precipitation according
to the criteria established in the methodologies applied in several studies. This classification is based on the calculation of the
percentage of precipitation in a year compared to the standard threshold values in the multi-year period. Results indicated a
high temporal and spatial variability of Magdalena Coastal Zone, both wet and dry years within of the studied period. The
2010 recorded the highest precipitation according with the data of the three meteorological stations with a total annual
precipitation up 4297,0 mm on Guachaca meteorological station.
Keywords- Climate Change, Coastal Zone, Precipitation, Times Series, Variability.