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Gridded Soil Moisture and Land Surface Evapotranspiration Global Fields for Climate Models

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 ... View entire text
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

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. 1305-1334
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Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 4.0 Degrees
Longitude Resolution: 5.0 Degrees
Temporal Resolution: Monthly
Originating Center
Data Center
Climate and Radiation Branch, Laboratory for Atmospheres, Earth Sciences Division, Science and Exploration Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Email: Gregory.K.Walker at
Contact Address:
Goddard Space Flight Center
Mailstop 613.2
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Distribution Media: hardcopy,diskette,anonymous FTP
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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.
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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23