Gridded Soil Moisture and Land Surface Evapotranspiration Global Fields for Climate ModelsEntry ID: MINTZ_WALKER_SOIL_AND_EVAPO
Abstract: Monthly fields of soil moisture are widely used in numerical weather
predictions and climate simulations with general circulation models
(GCMs). Gridded global fields of normal monthly soil moisture and
land surface evapotranspiration were derived with a simple water
budget model that has precipitation and potential evapotranspiration
as inputs. Precipitation was ... observed from ground stations (Jaeger,
1976) and potential evapotranspiration was derived from observed
surface air temperatures (Spangler and Jenne, NCAR, 1984) using
Thornthwaite regression equations.
All of the input fields are gridded onto a 4 deg. latitude x 5 deg.
longitude global grid.
All of the input fields and several derived fields are available
(except sensible heat and radiation). Output fields are valid for land
points only. The data is available via anonymous FTP:
The folder includes data files, documentation files, and Fortran
Note: The primary investigator, Dr. Yale Mintz, passed away in April
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Mintz, Y.A.
Dataset Title: Global Fields of Soil Moisture and Land Surface Evapotranspiration
Dataset Series Name: J. Appl. Meteo.
Issue Identification: Vol. 32, pp. 1305-1334Online Resource: ftp://climate1.gsfc.nasa.gov/walker/mintz/
Latitude Resolution: 4.0 Degrees
Longitude Resolution: 5.0 Degrees
Temporal Resolution: Monthly
Distribution Media: hardcopy,diskette,anonymous FTP
Jaeger, L. 1976. 'Monatskarten des Niederschlages fur die ganze Erde', Berichte
Deutscher Wetterdienst, Vol. 18, nr 139, 38 pp.
Mintz, Y. and G.K. Walker, 1993: 'Global Fields of Soil Moisture and Land
Surface Evapotranspiration Derived from Observed Precipitation and Surface Air
Temperature', J. Appl. Meteo, Vol. 32, pp. 1305-1334.
Mintz, Y. and Y. Serafini, 1981: 'Global Fields of Soil Moisture and Surface
Evapotranspiration', NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Tech. Memo 83907,
Research Review - 1980/1. pp. 178-180.
Spangler, W.M.L., and R.L. Jenne. 1984. 'Reference Manual: World Monthly
Surface Station Climatology', National Center for Atmospheric Research, 20 pp.
Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-04-20