Global Soil Wetness Project, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, Institute of Global Environment and Society

Data Center Description
The Global Soil Wetness Project (GSWP) is an ongoing
environmental modeling research activity of the Global
Land-Atmosphere System Study (GLASS) and the International
Satellite Land-Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP), both
contributing projects of the Global Energy and Water Cycle
Experiment (GEWEX). Its goals are to:

-Produce state-of-the-art global data sets of land surface
fluxes, state variables, and related hydrologic quantities.

-Develop and test large-scale validation, calibration, and
assimilation techniques over land.

-Provide a large-scale validation and quality check of the ISLSCP data sets.

-Compare Land Surface Schemes (LSSs), and conduct sensitivity
studies of specific parameterizations and forcings, which should
aid future model and data set development.

GSWP-2 is closely linked to the ISLSCP Initiative II data
effort, and LSS simulations in GSWP-2 will encompass the same
core 10-year period as ISLSCP Initiative II (1986-1995).

[Summary provided by GSWP.]