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Surface runoff is the water, from rain, snowmelt, or other sources, flowing over the land surface to ultimately reach streams. It is one of the major components in the water cycle. Surface runoff can be expressed in the 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
Surface Runoff kg//m^2/s GLDAS Model 1979 present ftp Y
Surface Runoff kg/m^2 NLDAS Model 1979 present ftp Y

Other sources for data

  1. LDAS
  2. USGS
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