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High-Resolution Sub-Daily Climate Driver Data for Western US

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Four variables for the same 3-hour timestep.
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Four variables for the same 3-hour timestep, December 8, 2015, 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM, a) precipitation flux (kg m-2 s-1) b) air temperature (K) c) shortwave radiation flux (W m-2) d) specific humidity. Source: western_USA_precipitation_3hr_2015-12.nc4

NACP: Climate Data Inputs (3-hourly) for Community Land Model, Western USA, 1979-2015

This dataset from the North American Carbon Program (NACP) provides sub-daily, high-resolution, climate data inputs including temperature, precipitation, near surface specific humidity, incoming short-wave radiation, and near-surface wind speed over 11 states of the western United States, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. These data were derived for use in the Community Land Model (CLM v4.5) and are at 3-hourly temporal and 4 x 4 km spatial resolutions for the 1979 through 2015 time period. The source for observational data was METDATA (now called GRIDMET) at a daily resolution. Modeling efforts using these data estimated annual carbon stocks, fluxes, and productivity across the western U.S.

The NACP is a multidisciplinary research program to obtain scientific understanding of North America's carbon sources and sinks and of changes in carbon stocks needed to meet societal concerns and to provide tools for decision makers. The NACP is supported by a number of different federal agencies. The central objective is to measure and understand the sources and sinks of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), and Carbon Monoxide (CO) in North America and in adjacent ocean regions.

Additional data from NACP and other relevant links can be found on the ORNL DAAC's NACP Project Page.

Data Citation: Rupp, D., and P. Buotte. 2020. NACP: Climate Data Inputs (3-hourly) for Community Land Model, Western USA, 1979-2015. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. https://doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1682