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Subsurface runoff is the water that infiltrates in the vadose zone (unsaturated zone), from rain, snowmelt, or other sources, and moves laterally towards the streams. Vadose zone extends from the top of the ground surface to the water table. It is one of the major components in the water cycle. Subsurface runoff can be expressed in water volume (or mass) per unit of area per unit of time.


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GES DISC Datasets

To access products that have a specific parameter click on the corresponding 'data access' links in the table below.

Parameter Units Platform /Instrument Data
Begin Date End Date Access Doc
Subsurface Runoff kg/m^2/s GLDAS Model 1979 present ftp Y
Subsurface Runoff kg/m^2 NLDAS Model 1979 present ftp Y

Other sources for data

  1. LDAS


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