Vegetation/Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis Project (VEMAP) gridded annual historical and predicted climate dataEntry ID: EOSWEBSTER_VEMAP2_3
Abstract: The EOS-WEBSTER VEMAP2 Data Collection contains several datasets which provide historical and future climate variables, and monthly and annual biogeochemical model outputs.
Two Tclimate + TScenario Datasets provide annual mean historical and model-predicted climate data from 1895 to 2100 for a subset of the variable available in the monthly dataset. These variables include Tmin, Tmax, ... Precipitation and Solar Radiation.
A dataset is provided for each GCM climate model scenarios:
1) TClimate + TScenario-CGCM1 - historical climate (1895 -
1993) + Canadian Climate Center (see above) predicted future
values (1994 - 2100).
Canadian Climate Center -- Model Name: CCCma -CGCM1;
Experiment: GHG+A 1; 1% per year compounded increase in
equivalent CO2 plus IS92A sulphate aerosols; Ensemble
1.1994-2100. Release: r4.
2) TClimate + TScenario-HadCM2 - historical climate (1895 -
1993) + UKMO/Hadley predicted future values (1994 - 2099)
UKMO/Hadley -- Model Name: HadCM2; Experiment: HadCM2GSa1; 1% per year compounded increase in equivalent CO2 plus IS92A sulphate aerosols; Ensemble 1. 1994 - 2099. Release: r3.
Data provided by the Vegetation/Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis Project (VEMAP) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are gridded monthly time series climate data for the Conterminous United States at 0.5 x 0.5 degree spatial resolution. Visit the VEMAP2 website for complete information about the VEMAP2 project and datasets.
The VEMAP2 Collection contains the following dataset groups.
1) TClimate - monthly historical climate dataset from 1895 to
1993. Release: r3.
2) TScenario - monthly climate data of possible future values
based on different model scenarios.
3) TClimate + TScenario - annual historical climate data +
possible future values based on the above different model scenarios.
4) TResults - annual biogeography/biogeochemical model estimates
of ecosystem response from 1895 to 2100.
Please see the individual dataset group DIFs, for more detailed information.
This data set description is a member of a collection. The collection is described in
Start Date: 1895-01-01Stop Date: 2100-12-31
Latitude Resolution: 0.5 deg.
Longitude Resolution: 0.5 deg.
Temporal Resolution: annual
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE TEMPERATURE > MAXIMUM/MINIMUM TEMPERATURE > MEAN MONTHLY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE (DEG. C)
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE TEMPERATURE > MAXIMUM/MINIMUM TEMPERATURE > MEAN MONTHLY MINIMUM TEMPERATURE (DEG. C)
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > PRECIPITATION AMOUNT > MEAN MONTHLY PRECIPITATION (MM/MONTH)
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > PRECIPITATION RATE > MEAN MONTHLY PRECIPITATION (MM/MONTH)
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION > SOLAR RADIATION > MEAN MONTHLY SOLAR RADIATION (KJ/M2/DAY)
LAND SURFACE > SURFACE THERMAL PROPERTIES > LAND SURFACE TEMPERATURE > MEAN MONTHLY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE (DEG. C)
LAND SURFACE > SURFACE THERMAL PROPERTIES > LAND SURFACE TEMPERATURE > MEAN MONTHLY MINIMUM TEMPERATURE (DEG. C)
Use Constraints Use of the VEMAP dataset is subject to the following guidelines
(1) Users may confer with the NCAR VEMAP Data Group to ensure
that the intended application of the dataset is consistent
with the generation and limitations of the data.
(2) To help us ... identify dataset errors or inconsistencies, we
request that users contact the NCAR VEMAP Data Group regarding
problems with data files, data access, or the dataset's representation
of climate. For problems with data access or file format, please
refer to http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/vemap/contacts.html
(3) Credit in publications resulting from the use of the VEMAP2
data will be given (a) by citation of VEMAP data set
(http://eos-earthdata.sr.unh.edu/) and appropriate VEMAP data
papers and (b) by acknowledgement of VEMAP sponsors (NASA Earth Science
Enterprise, EPRI, and the USDA Forest Service Global Change
Program) and the VEMAP Data Group (T. Kittel, D. Schimel,
A. Royle, N. Rosenbloom, H. Fisher, S. Aulenbach,
and C. Kaufman, NCAR, and C. Daly, Oregon State University) for
access to the data.
(4) The HADCM2 data may only be used for purposes related to
VEMAP or the U. S. National Assessment. For any other purposes, you
must get permission directly from David Viner at LINK
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: annette.schloss at unh.edu
Complex Systems Research Center Morse Hall University of New Hampshire
Province or State: New Hampshire
Postal Code: 03824
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: shannon.spencer at unh.edu
Complex Systems Research Center Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space Morse Hall University of New Hampshire
Province or State: New Hampshire
Postal Code: 03824
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-07-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-08-09