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Global Meteorological Forcing Dataset for Land Surface Modeling

| DOI: 10.5065/JV89-AH11

A global dataset of meteorological forcings has been developed that can be used to drive models of land surface hydrology. The dataset is constructed by combining a suite of global observation-based datasets with the NCEP/NCAR reanalysis. Known biases in the reanalysis precipitation and near-surface meteorology have been shown to exert an erroneous effect on modeled land surface water and energy budgets and are thus corrected using observation-based datasets of precipitation, air temperature and radiation. Corrections are also made to the rain day statistics of the reanalysis precipitation which have been found to exhibit a spurious wave-like pattern in high-latitude wintertime. Wind-induced low measurement of solid precipitation is removed using the results from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Solid Precipitation Measurement Intercomparison. Precipitation is disaggregated in space to 1.0 degree and 0.25 degree by statistical downscaling using relationships developed with the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) daily product. Disaggregation in time from daily to 3-hourly is accomplished similarly, using the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) 3-hourly real-time dataset. Other meteorological variables (downward short- and longwave, specific humidity, surface air pressure and wind speed) are downscaled in space with account for changes in elevation. The dataset is evaluated against the bias-corrected forcing dataset of the second Global Soil Wetness Project. The final product provides a long-term, globally-consistent dataset of near-surface meteorological variables that can be used to drive models of the terrestrial hydrologic and ecological processes for the study of seasonal and interannual variability and for the evaluation of coupled models and other land surface prediction schemes.

Temporal Range:
1948-01-01 00:00 +0000 to 2010-12-31 21:00 +0000 (Entire dataset) Period details by dataset product
Air Temperature Humidity Longwave Radiation Precipitation Amount
Shortwave Radiation Surface Pressure Surface Winds
Vertical Levels:
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Spatial Coverage:
Longitude Range: Westernmost=180W Easternmost=180E
Latitude Range: Southernmost=90S Northernmost=90N Detailed coverage information
Data Contributors:
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
Sheffield, J., G. Goteti, and E. F. Wood, 2006: Development of a 50-year high-resolution global dataset of meteorological forcings for land surface modeling J. Climate, 19(13), 3088-3111.

Total Volume:
4.52 TB (Entire dataset) Volume details by dataset product
Data Formats:
Related RDA Datasets:
NCEP/NCAR Global Reanalysis Products, 1948-continuing
GPCP Version 2.0 Combined Precipitation Data Set
More Details:
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