dataset : Daily 1/8-degree gridded meteorological data [1 Jan 1949 - 31 Dec 2010]

University of Washington Surface Water Modeling Group


Daily 1/8-degree gridded meteorological data [1 Jan 1949 - 31 Dec 2010]
Published in 2011. Version TBD.

A model-derived dataset of land surface states and fluxes is presented for the conterminous United States and portions of Canada and Mexico. The dataset spans the period 1950–2000, and is at a 3-h time step with a spatial resolution of ⅛ degree. The data are distinct from reanalysis products in that precipitation is a gridded product derived directly from observations, and both the land surface water and energy budgets balance at every time step. The surface forcings include precipitation and air temperature (both gridded from observations), and derived downward solar and longwave radiation, vapor pressure deficit, and wind. Simulated runoff is shown to match observations quite well over large river basins

Identified by : 10.1175/1520-0442(2002)015<3237:ALTHBD>2.0.CO;2

This dataset was released on March 11, 2011.

This dataset was accessed on April 15, 2013.

The temporal extent of this dataset is 1949-01-01T00:00:00/2000-07-31T23:59:59.


When citing this dataset please refer to Daily gridded meteorological data obtained from the Surface Water Modeling group at the University of Washington from their web site at, the development of which is described by Maurer et al. (2002): Maurer, E.P., A.W. Wood, J.C. Adam, D.P. Lettenmaier, and B. Nijssen, 2002, A Long-Term Hydrologically-Based Data Set of Land Surface Fluxes and States for the Conterminous United States, J. Climate 15, 3237-3251.

Attributes : daily precipitation, maximum temperature, minimum temperature, wind speed

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