NLDAS Forcing Data L4 Monthly 0.125 x 0.125 degree V001 (NLDAS_FOR0125_M) at GES DISCEntry ID: GES_DISC_NLDAS_FOR0125_M_V001
Abstract: This data set contains the forcing data for Phase 1 of the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS-1). The data are in 1/8th degree grid spacing and range from Aug. 1996 to Dec. 2007. The temporal resolution is monthly. The file format is WMO GRIB-1. The NLDAS-1 monthly forcing data, containing 17 variables, were generated from the NLDAS-1 hourly forcing data. More information about ... how monthly data were generated can be found from below the variable list.
Brief description about the NLDAS-1 hourly forcing data can be found from the GCMD DIF for GES_DISC_NLDAS_FOR0125_H_V001 at http://gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov/getdif.htm?GES_DISC_NLDAS_FOR0125_H_V001.
The data set applies a user-defined parameter table to indicate the contents and parameter number. The following table shows a list of parameters, their Product Definition Section (PDS) IDs and units.
63:ACPCPsfc:Convective precipitation monthly total from EDAS [kg/m^2]
153:CONVAPCPsfc:Convective precipitation monthly total [kg/m^2]
61:APCPsfc:Precipitation monthly total [kg/m^2]
118:BRTMPsfc:Surface brightness temperature from GOES-UMD Pinker [K]
157:CAPEsfc:Convective Available Potential Energy [J/kg]
205:DLWRFsfc:Longwave radiation flux downwards (surface) [W/m^2]
204:DSWRFsfc:Shortwave radiation flux downwards (surface) [W/m^2]
101:PARsfc:PAR Photosynthetically Active Radiation from GOES-UMD Pinker [W/m^2]
201:PEDASsfc:Precipitation monthly total from EDAS [kg/m^2]
202:PRDARsfc:Precipitation monthly total from StageII [kg/m^2]
1:PRESsfc:Surface pressure [Pa]
206:RGOESsfc:Shortwave radiation flux downwards (surface) from GOES-UMD Pinker [W/m^2]
51:SPFH2m:2-m above ground Specific humidity [kg/kg]
11:TMP2m:2-m above ground Temperature [K]
33:UGRD10m:10-m above ground Zonal wind speed [m/s]
34:VGRD10m:10-m above ground Meridional wind speed [m/s]
209:RSWRFsfc:Shortwave radiation flux downwards (surface) blended from EDAS and GOES-UMD Pinker [W/m^2]
The variables, DLWRFsfc, DSWRFsfc, PRESsfc, SPFH2m, TMP2m, UGRD10m, and VGRD10m, are the monthly average from 00Z01 of month to 23:59Zlastdayofmonth.
The variables, BRTMPsfc and CAPEsfc, are the monthly average from 00Z01 of month to 23:59Zlastdayofmonth, except if any hour has an undefined value of -9999, then do not include the hour in the monthly average.
The variables, PARsfc and RGOESsfc, are the monthly average from 00Z01 of month to 23:59Zlastdayofmonth, except if any hour has an undefined value of -9999, then reassign the variable as zero and include the hour in the monthly average.
The variables, ACPCPsfc, APCPsfc, PEDASsfc, and PRDARsfc, are the monthly accumulation from 00Z01 of month to 23:59Zlastdayofmonth. However, the ACPCPsfc is actually the sum of the (ACPCPsfc/PEDASsfc)*APCPsfc from each hour, where the ratio of (ACPCPsfc/PEDASsfc) is the fraction of convective precipitation from EDAS, and then multiplied by the APCPsfc to get the convective precipitation. For PRDARsfc accumulation, if hourly PRDARsfc is undefined or negative, fill the hour with a zero value.
The last variable, RSWRFsfc, is the monthly average from 00Z01 of month to 23:59Zlastdayofmonth, except represents the monthly average of the hourly "blend" of the DSWRFsfc from EDAS and RGOESsfc from GEOS. The blend algorithm is that, for each hour, the RGOESsfc from GEOS is used for all the grid points where it is available, but for where it is not available, the DSWRFsfc from EDAS is used. Because the spatial extent/availability of GEOS varies from hour to hour, this blend is done for hourly data first, and then the monthly average is applied to the hourly blended data. This last variable thus best represents the shortwave radiation flux downwards at the surface that is used in the NLDAS-1 LSMs. More about this blending/supplementation can be found from http://ldas.gsfc.nasa.gov/nldas/NLDAS1forcing.php.
WGRIB or other GRIB reader is required to read the files.
For more information, please see: http://ldas.gsfc.nasa.gov/faq/#Tools
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC/HSL)
Dataset Title: NLDAS Forcing Data L4 Monthly 0.125 x 0.125 degree
Dataset Release Date: 08.01.2009
Dataset Release Place: Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
Dataset Publisher: Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC)
Version: 001Online Resource: http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/hydrology/index.shtml
Start Date: 1996-08-01Stop Date: 2007-12-31
Latitude Resolution: 0.125 degree
Longitude Resolution: 0.125 degree
Temporal Resolution: monthly
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE > SURFACE PRESSURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE AIR TEMPERATURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > HUMIDITY
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > CONVECTION
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > RAIN
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION > LONGWAVE RADIATION
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION > SHORTWAVE RADIATION
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > PHOTOSYNTHETICALLY ACTIVE RADIATION
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > INFRARED WAVELENGTHS > BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE
ISO Topic Category
Quality The data are provisional and subject to change as model improvements are implemented and new input data sets become available.
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: Online (HTTP)
Distribution Format: GRIB
Fees: No Fee
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: gsfc-help-disc at lists.nasa.gov
Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center Code 610.2 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2012-10-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-12-06