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NLDAS Noah Land Surface Model L4 Hourly 0.125 x 0.125 degree V002 (NLDAS_NOAH0125_H) at GES DISC

This data set contains a series of land surface parameters simulated from the Noah land-surface model (LSM) for Phase 2 of the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS-2). The data are in 1/8th degree grid spacing and range from Jan 1979 to the present. The temporal resolution is hourly. The file format is WMO GRIB-1. Details about the NLDAS-2 configuration of the Noah LSM can be found in Xia et al. (2012). The Noah model was developed as the land component of the NOAA NCEP mesoscale Eta model [Betts et al. (1997); Chen et al. (1997); Ek et al. (2003)]. As used in NLDAS-2, recent modifications were made to Noah's cold-season [Livneh et al. (2010)] and warm-season [Wei et al. (2012)] parameterizations. Noah serves as the land component in the evolving Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) regional atmospheric model, the NOAA NCEP coupled Climate Forecast System (CFS), and the Global Forecast System (GFS). The model simulates the soil freeze-thaw process and its impact on soil heating/cooling and transpiration, following Koren et al. (1999). The model has four soil layers with spatially invariant thicknesses of 10, 30, 60, and 100 cm. The first three layers form the root zone in non-forested regions, with the fourth layer included in forested regions. The Noah LSM was forced by the hourly NLDAS-2 forcing "File A" files, and contains fifty-two fields. The data set applies a user-defined parameter table to indicate the contents and parameter number. The GRIBTAB shows a list of parameters for this data set, along with their Product Definition Section (PDS) IDs and units. For information about the vertical layers of the Soil Moisture Content (PDS 086), Soil Temperature (PDS 085), and Liquid Soil Moisture Content (PDS 151), please see the README Document or the GrADS ctl file.

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