Legates / MSU Precipitation Climatology

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Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: John M. Wallace, Todd P. Mitchell, Alexis K.-H. Lau
Publication_Date: Unknown
Title: Legates / MSU Precipitation Climatology
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Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form:
Series_Information:
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Publication_Information:
Publication_Place:
Publisher: University of Washington JISAO
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Online_Linkage: http://www.jisao.washington.edu/legates_msu/
Description:
Abstract:
This WWW page contains analyses and data for a global precipitation climatology that has been produced at JISAO. The spatial resolution of this climatology is 2.5 degrees latitude-longitude. The land data for this climatology is taken from the Legates and Willmott (1990), which is based on historical rain gauge measurements. The ocean precipitation estimates are from the Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) (Spencer 1993) for the years 1979 to 1992. Spencer and collaborators developed a new MSU precipitation product ("Limb90"), and I got part way through merging it with the Legates and Willmott climatology. This work was never satisfactorily finished, but it is linked here. MSU has difficulty differentiating sea ice from very heavy rainfall, and it is pretty difficult to remove the erroneous gridpoints in a simple manner. [Summary Extracted from the Legates / MSU Data Set Home Page]
Purpose:
Not Available
Supplemental_Information:
REFERENCE: Legates, D. R. and C. J. Willmott, 1990. Mean seasonal and spatial variability in gauge-corrected, global precipitation. Int. J. Climatology, 10, 111-127.
Supplemental_Information:
REFERENCE: Spencer, R. W., 1993: Global oceanic precipitation from the MSU during 1979-91 and comparisons to other climatologies. J. Climate, 6, 1301-1326.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 19790101
Ending_Date: 19921231
Currentness_Reference:Unknown
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -180.0
East_Bounding_Coordinate: 180.0
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 90.0
South_Bounding_Coordinate: -90.0
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD SCIENCE PARAMETERS
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD PLATFORM
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD INSTRUMENT
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO TOPIC CATEGORY
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: DATA SET LANGUAGE
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > PRECIPITATION AMOUNT
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > LIQUID PRECIPITATION > RAIN
Theme_Keyword: FIXED OBSERVATION STATIONS
Theme_Keyword: METEOROLOGICAL STATIONS
Theme_Keyword: RAIN GAUGES
Theme_Keyword: MSU > MICROWAVE SOUNDING UNIT
Theme_Keyword: CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
Theme_Keyword: ENGLISH
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD
Place_Keyword: GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL
Place_Keyword: GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL LAND
Place_Keyword: GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL OCEAN
Temporal:
Temporal_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD
Temporal_Keyword: Monthly Climatology
Temporal_Keyword: Monthly Climatology
Access_Constraints: Not Available
Use_Constraints:
Please cite the data set originator if you use this data.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: TODD MITCHELL
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: SCOTT A. RITZ
Contact_Position: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Contact_Position: INVESTIGATOR
Contact_Position: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Address: Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
State_or_Province: Maryland
Postal_Code: 20771
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 301-602-3890
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301-614-5268
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: mitchell@atmos.washington.edu
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Scott.A.Ritz@nasa.gov
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Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
Not Available
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Not Available
Completeness_Report:
Not Available
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Not Available
Process_Date: Unknown
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Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geographic:
Latitude_Resolution: 2.5 degrees
Longitude_Resolution: 2.5 degrees
Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Decimal degrees
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: UWA/ATMOS/JISAO/CSES > Center for Science in the Earth System, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
Contact_Person: TODD MITCHELL
Contact_Position: DATA CENTER CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: mitchell@atmos.washington.edu
Resource_Description: JISAO_LEGATES_MSU
Distribution_Liability:
Not Available
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: netCDF, ASCII
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:
http://www.cses.washington.edu/
Access_Instructions:
DATA CENTER URL
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/legates_msu/
Access_Instructions:
Access the Legates / MSU Precipitation Climatology data sets.
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:
http://dss.ucar.edu/datasets/ds236.0/
Access_Instructions:
Access the The Legates and Willmott rainfall climatology is available in ASCII format in 0.5-degree latitude-longitude resolution from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Fees: No Fee
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20041008
Metadata_Review_Date: 20120924
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: GCMD User Support Office
Contact_Organization: NASA Global Change Master Directory
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Not Available
City: Lanham
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20706
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: Not Available
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: gcmduso@gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
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