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GSSTFMC_3 Version 3: Goddard Satellite-Based Surface Turbulent Fluxes Climatology, Monthly Grid

Data Citation

To cite the data in publications:
Shie, C.-L., K. Hilburn, L. S. Chiu, R. Adler, I-I Lin, E. Nelkin, J. Ardizzone, and S. Gao (2012),Goddard Satellite-Based Surface Turbulent Fluxes Climatology, Monthly Grid,version 3, Edited by Andrey Savtchenko., Greenbelt, MD, USA:Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC), Accessed Enter User Data Access Date at doi:10.5067/MEASURES/GSSTF/DATA309

Product Description

These data are the Goddard Satellite-based Surface Turbulent Fluxes Version-3 Dataset recently produced through a MEaSUREs funded project led by Dr. Chung-Lin Shie (UMBC/GEST, NASA/GSFC), converted to HDF-EOS5 format. The stewardship of this HDF-EOS5 dataset is part of the MEaSUREs project,

This is the fine resolution version of the previously released GSSTFMC.2c.

This is the Monthly Climatology product; data are projected to equidistant Grid that covers the globe at 0.25x00.25 degree cell size, resulting in data arrays of 1440x720 size.

Starting from previous Version 2c, these data have only one set of Combined data, "Set1". The Monthly Climatology HDF-EOS5 file also contains one extra grid of NCEP Climatology, "NCEP".

Starting with this Version 3, the "WB" variable, "lowest 500-m precipitable water" has been discontinued.

Thus every file contains 8 variables in the Grid "SET1", and 4 variables in the Grid "NCEP":

"E" 'latent heat flux' (W/m**2),
"STu" 'zonal wind stress' (N/m**2),
"STv" 'meridional wind stress' (N/m**2),
"H" 'sensible heat flux' (W/m**2),
"Qair" 'surface air (~10-m) specific humidity' (g/kg),
"U" '10-m wind speed' (m/s),
"DQ" 'sea-air humidity difference' (g/kg)
"Tot_Precip_Water" 'total precipitable water' (g/cm**2)

"Psea_level" 'sea level pressure' (hPa)
"Qsat" 'sea surface saturation humidity' (g/kg)
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Product Summary

Short Name:    GSSTFMC_3

Long Name:    Goddard Satellite-Based Surface Turbulent Fluxes Climatology, Monthly Grid


Version:    3

Format    HDF-EOS5

Spatial Coverage:   (90.0 N to -90.0 S; 180.0 E to -180.0 W)

Temporal Coverage: 1988-01-01 to 2008-12-31

Data Resolution:
Latitude Resolution: 0.25 deg
Longitude Resolution: 0.25 deg
Temporal Resolution: monthly

File Size:    4 MB

Data Access

Data Service Name: MIRADOR
Data Service Description: Search, visualize, subset, and download data in HDF-EOS5
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Data Service Name: ON-LINE ARCHIVE
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Data Service Name: ECHO
Data Service Description: Refine your granule search with ECHO's next generation Earth Science discovery tool (Reverb) using information from this record.
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Global Change Master Directory Catalog Entry (GCMD DIF):

The variables in each of the data files include the following:

Variable NameDescriptionUnits
DQsea-air humidity differenceg/kg
Elatent heat fluxW/m**2
Hsensible heat fluxW/m**2
Psea_levelsea level pressurehPa
Qairsurface air (~10-m) specific humidityg/kg
Qsatsea surface saturation humidityg/kg
SSTsea surface skin temperatureC
STuzonal wind stressN/m**2
STvmeridional wind stressN/m**2
Tair_2m2m air temperatureC
Tot_Precip_Watertotal precipitable waterg/cm**2
U10-m wind speedm/s
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