The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Hydrological Sciences Laboratory (HSL) and Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) are pleased to announce the release of the NASA Energy and Water cycle Study (NEWS) Climatology of the 1st Decade of the 21st Century Dataset, and its availability from http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/uui/#/search/NEWS.
This data set summarizes the original observation-based mean fluxes of Water and Energy Budget (WEB) components during the first decade of the 21st century, for each continent and ocean basin (Figure 1). These data are summarized on both monthly and annual scales, as well as means over all oceans, all continents, and the globe. A careful accounting of uncertainty in the estimates is included. Also, the data set includes optimized versions of all component fluxes that simultaneously satisfy energy and water cycle balance constraints. This data set is a product of the companion papers Rodell et al. (2015) and L’Ecuyer et al. (2015).
The data are presented in four different units (mm/day, W/m2, cm/year or cm/month, and 1000km3/year or 1000km3/month). They are archived in three different formats: (NetCDF (.nc4), Excel (.xlsx), and Comma Separated Values (.csv). More information about the NEWS WEB climatology data is available in the README document. The data can be accessed via FTP and Data Search and Download.
As an example of what can be examined with these climatology data, a time-series plot of the NEWS WEB monthly climatology observation-based precipitation rate over North America is included (Figure 2).
Figure 1. Continents and ocean basins for NEWS WEB climatology data.
Figure 2. Time series plot of NEWS WEB monthly climatology observation-based precipitation rate over North America. This plot was generated via Panoply, by inputting the data file in NetCDF format, NEWS_WEB_MCLIM.1.0.nc4.
Rodell, M., H.K. Beaudoing, T. L’Ecuyer, W. Olson, J.S. Famiglietti, P.R. Houser, R. Adler, M. Bosilovich, C.A. Clayson, D. Chambers, E. Clark, E. Fetzer, X. Gao, G. Gu, K. Hilburn, G. Huffman, D.P. Lettenmaier, W.T. Liu, F.R. Robertson, C.A. Schlosser, J. Sheffield, and E.F. Wood, 2015: The observed state of the water cycle in the early 21st century, J. Climate, 28 (21), 8289-8318, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00555.1.
L’Ecuyer, T., H.K. Beaudoing, M. Rodell, W. Olson, B. Lin, S. Kato, C.A. Clayson, E. Wood, J. Sheffield, R. Adler, G. Huffman, M. Bosilovich, G. Gu, F. Robertson, P.R. Houser, D. Chambers, J.S. Famiglietti, E. Fetzer, W.T. Liu, X. Gao, C.A. Schlosser, E. Clark, D.P. Lettenmaier, and K. Hilburn, 2015: The observed state of the energy budget in the early 21st century, J. Climate, 28 (21), 8319-8346, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00556.1.
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