WATer and global CHange (WATCH) Forcing Data (WFD) - 20th Century

New global sub-daily meteorological forcing data are provided for use with land surface and hydrological-models. The data are derived from the ERA-40 reanalysis product via sequential interpolation to half-degree resolution, elevation correction and monthly-scale adjustments based on CRU (corrected-temperature, diurnal temperature range, cloud-cover) and GPCC (precipitation) monthly observations combined with new corrections for varying atmospheric aerosol-loading and separate precipitation gauge corrections for rainfall and snowfall. The WATCH Forcing data is a twentieth century meteorological forcing dataset for land surface and hydrological models. It consists of three of 6-hourly states of the weather for global half-degree land grid points. It was generated as part of the EU FP 6 project "WATCH" (WATer and global CHange") which ran from 2007-2011. The data was generated in 2 time periods with slightly different methodology: 1901-1957 and 1958-2001, but generally the dataset can be considered as continuous. More details regarding the generation process can be found in the associated WATCH technical report and paper in J. Hydrometeorology. The data covers land points only and excludes the Antarctica.

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  • Chi-Fan Shih
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Temporal Range

  • Begin:  1901-01-01T00:00:00Z
    End:  2001-12-31T22:30:00Z

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Resource Type dataset
Temporal Range Begin 1901-01-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Range End 2001-12-31T22:30:00Z
Temporal Resolution N/A
Bounding Box North Lat N/A
Bounding Box South Lat N/A
Bounding Box West Long N/A
Bounding Box East Long N/A
Spatial Representation N/A
Spatial Resolution N/A
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Additional Information N/A
Resource Format NetCDF (Binary)
Standardized Resource Format NetCDF
Asset Size 1383547 MB
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Resource Support Name Chi-Fan Shih
Resource Support Email chifan@ucar.edu
Resource Support Organization UCAR/NCAR - Research Data Archive
Distributor NCAR Research Data Archive
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Metadata Contact Email rdahelp@ucar.edu
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Author Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, Met Office, Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom
Publisher Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory
Publication Date 2018-02-11
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) https://doi.org/10.5065/1B5Z-KQ51
Alternate Identifier ds314.1
Resource Version N/A
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress completed
Metadata Date 2024-01-03T15:11:35-07:00
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.rda::ds314.1
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, Met Office, Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom. (2018). WATer and global CHange (WATCH) Forcing Data (WFD) - 20th Century. Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. https://doi.org/10.5065/1B5Z-KQ51. Accessed 29 February 2024.

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