A global archive of land cover and soils data for use in general circulation climate models

M. F. Wilson*, A. Henderson‐Sellers

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Abstract

A new global archive of soil type and land cover data derived for use in GCM climate models is described. The data are archived al a resolution of 1° latitude × 1° longitude. The method of construction of the component data sets is given together with ‘reliability estimates’. The soils data form the only published data set designed specifically for use in climate studies. The land cover data are compatible with the soils data, forming a coherent and complete data set and seem to be comparable with other land cover information. Recommendations are made about combining and coarsening the data to the grid of any general circulation climate model. Methods of parameterizing surface radiative and hydrological properties in climate models are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-143
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Climatology
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Albedo Hydrology
  • Climate models
  • Land surface
  • Soils Vegetation

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