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High Resolution WRF Simulations of the Current and Future Climate of North America

| DOI: 10.5065/D6V40SXP

This historical dataset is recommended for ancillary use only and not as a primary research dataset. It has likely been superseded by a newer, improved dataset.


Note: ds612.5 CONUS (Continental U.S.) II High Resolution Present and Future Climate Simulation has superseded this dataset.

The dataset is from a high resolution climate change simulation that permits convection and resolves mesoscale orography at 4 km grid spacing over much of North America using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. Two 13 years simulations were performed, consisting of a retrospective simulation (October 2000 to September 2013) with initial and boundary conditions from ERA-Interim and a future climate sensitivity simulation with initial and boundary conditions derived from reanalysis and modified by adding the CMIP5 ensemble mean of the high emission scenario climate change.

Temporal Range:
2000-10-01 00:00 +0000 to 2013-09-30 23:00 +0000 (Entire dataset) Period details by dataset product
Air Temperature Canopy Characteristics Geopotential Height Land Surface Temperature
Longwave Radiation Outgoing Longwave Radiation Planetary Boundary Layer Height Sea Surface Temperature
Shortwave Radiation Skin Temperature Snow/Ice Temperature Snow Water Equivalent
Soil Moisture/Water Content Soil Temperature Surface Pressure Surface Winds
Total Precipitable Water Vertical Wind Velocity/Speed Water Vapor
Vertical Levels:
See the detailed metadata for level information.
Data Types:
Spatial Coverage:
Longitude Range: Westernmost=138.852W Easternmost=58.735W
Latitude Range: Southernmost=18.12N Northernmost=57.336N Detailed coverage information
Data Contributors:
Research Application Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Liu, Changhai, Kyoko Ikeda, Roy Rasmussen, Mike Barlage, Andrew J. Newman, Andreas F. Prein, Fei Chen, Liang Chen, Martyn Clark, Aiguo Dai, Jimy Dudhia, Trude Eidhammer, David Gochis, Ethan Gutmann, Sopan Kurkute, Yanping Li, Gregory Thompson and David Yates, 2017: Continental-scale convection-permitting modeling of the current and future climate of North America Climate Dynamics, 49, 71-95 (DOI: 10.1007/s00382-016-3327-9).

Total Volume:
192.79 TB (Entire dataset) Volume details by dataset product
Data Formats:
Related RDA Datasets:
Four-kilometer long-term regional hydroclimate reanalysis over the conterminous United States (CONUS)
CONUS (Continental U.S.) II High Resolution Present and Future Climate Simulation
Multi-decadal Convection-permitting Simulation of Current Climate over South America using WRF
More Details:
View a more detailed summary of the data, including specific date ranges and locations by parameter
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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