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NLDAS VIC Land Surface Model L4 Monthly Climatology 0.125 x 0.125 degree V002 (NLDAS_VIC0125_MC) at GES DISC

Abstract: This data set contains a series of land surface parameters simulated from the VIC 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. The temporal resolution is monthly, ranging from January to December. The file format is WMO GRIB-1. The NLDAS-2 monthly climatology data are the monthly data averaged over the thirty years (1980-2009) of the NLDAS-2 monthly data. A brief description about the NLDAS-2 hourly and monthly VIC LSM data can be found from the GCMD DIFs for GES_DISC_NLDAS_VIC0125_H_V002 and GES_DISC_NLDAS_VIC0125_M_V002. Details about the NLDAS-2 configuration of the VIC LSM can be found in Xia et al. (2012). The version of the VIC model for the NLDAS-2 VIC data available from the NASA GES DISC is VIC-4.0.3; this version of the VIC model is the same as used in Sheffield et al. (2003). The NLDAS-2 VIC monthly climatology data contain forty-three fields. The data set applies a user-defined parameter table to indicate the contents and parameter number. The GRIBTAB file 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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