Abstract: These data are the Goddard Satellite-based Surface Turbulent Fluxes Version-3 Dataset recently produced through a MEaSUREs funded project led by Dr. Chung-Lin Shie (UMBC/GEST, NASA/GSFC), converted to HDF-EOS5 format. The stewardship of this HDF-EOS5 dataset is part of the MEaSUREs project,
This is the fine resolution version of the previously released GSSTFM.2c.
This is the Monthly product; data are projected to equidistant Grid that covers the globe at 0.25x00.25 degree cell size, resulting in data arrays of 1440x720 size. The monthly product is a result of averaging of a month worth of daily GSSTF3 files. Starting with Version 3, the "WB" variable, "lowest 500-m precipitable water" has been discontinued.
The double-quoted labels are the short names of the data fields in the HDF-EOS5 files.
The monthly temporal and one-degree spatial resolution of the product can be used to examining climate variability at these scales. Oceanic evaporation contributes to the net fresh water input to the oceans and drives the upper ocean density structure and consequently the circulation of the oceans.
The short name for this product is GSSTFM.
Parameters contained in the data files include the following: Variable Name|Description|Units DQ|sea-air humidity difference|(g/kg) E|latent heat flux|(W/m^^2) H|sensible heat flux|(W/m^^2) Qair|surface air (~10-m) specific humidity|(g/kg) STu|zonal wind stress|(N/m^^2) STv|meridional wind stress|(N/m^^2) Tot_Precip_Water|Total Precipitable Water|(g/cm^^2) U|10-m wind speed|(m/s) End of parameter information