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Global Data Archive: Gridded Data

This page provides data sets that document the spatial distribution and temporal variability of numerous climate parameters:

Data file formats:

Precipitation

Name Temporal
Resolution
Spatial
Resolution
Range of Years Comments
Rain gauge
GPCC monthly 2.5, 1° 1901-present totals & climatology
GPCP monthly 2.5° 1979-Jan 2005 totals
NASA GISS monthly 2.5° 1850-1996 anomalies
NCDC GHCN monthly 1900-present anomalies
NCEP CPC daily, monthly 0.25, 1° 1948-98 Pacific Northwest & US
University of Delaware monthly 0.5, 1.0 ° 1900-2008 totals & climatology
University of East Anglia monthly 2.5x3.75° 1900-98 totals & climatology
University of Washington daily "50" km 1949-94 Pacific Northwest
DoE (Eischeid) seasonal 4x5° 1851-1989 anomalies
Satellite, rain gauge, & model
CMAP monthly monthly 2.5° 1979-Sep2004  
CMAP pentad pentad 2.5° 1979 - Mar 2009  
Satellite & rain gauge
CAMS-OPI monthly 2.5° 1979-Jan 2009  
CMAP monthly monthly 2.5° 1979-Sep2004  
CMAP pentad pentad 2.5° 1979 - Mar 2009  
GPCP monthly monthly 2.5° 1979-Aug2009  
GPCP pentad pentad 1, 2.5° 1979-Apr2008  
GPCP daily daily 1996-Apr2009  
Legates/MSU monthly 2.5° climatology  
Satellite
GPI monthly/pentad/daily 2.5° 1987 - May 1996  
MSU monthly 2.5° 1979 - July 1997 oceans only
OLR monthly 2.5° 1974-Nov98  
SSM/I (NESDIS) monthly 2.5° 1987 - Oct 1996  
SSM/I (RSS) monthly 0.25, 0.5° 1987 - Jul 2002 totals and climatology

Surface Temperature

Name Temporal
Resolution
Spatial
Resolution
Range of Years Comments
Land Only
NCDC GHCN monthly 1880-present anomalies
University of Delaware monthly 0.5, 1.0° 1900-2008 totals & climatology
University of East Anglia monthly 1851-present anomalies
sampling
Land and ocean
IABP / POLES monthly other, 1° 1979-present  
Legates and Willmott monthly 0.5, 2.5°    
merged Arctic monthly 1950-99  
NASA GISS monthly 2.5° 1979-97  
UEA / UKMO monthly 1856-present anomalies
sampling
NOAA monthly 1880-present ERSST / GHCN
sea surface temperatures (SSTs)
COADS climatology monthly 1, 2°    
Concatenated NCEP EOF and OI monthly 1950-May99  
LDEO monthly 1856-1991 anomalies
extended reconstructed monthly 1854-present  
NCEP EOF-filtered monthly 1950-2000 totals and climatology
NOAA optimal interpolation monthly, weekly November 1981-July 2002 version 2
Sadler monthly   tropical clim.
 
Reduced resolution COADS SST and sfc. air temperature anomalies monthly 4x6° 1800-2002  

Sea-Level Pressure (SLP)

Name Temporal
Resolution
Spatial
Resolution
Range of Years Comments
COADS climatology monthly   global
LDEO monthly Apr1854-1992  
NCAR (Trenberth & Paolino) monthly 1899-Apr2009 90-12.5N
Reduced resolution COADS monthly 4x6° 1800-2002 anomalies
Sadler (COADS) climatology monthly   tropics only
selected NCEP / NCAR reanalysis fields pentads
monthly
2.5°
2.5°
1948-2002
1950-79 climatology
 

Surface or 10-m Vector Wind & Surface Vector Stress

Name Temporal
Resolution
Spatial
Resolution
Range of Years Comments
COADS Vector Sfc. Wind monthly climatology global, marine
ERS-1 10-m Vector Wind monthly 1992-95
 
Reduced resolution COADS vector sfc. wind anomalies monthly 4x6° 1800-2002  
Sadler Vector Sfc. Stress monthly climatology tropical, marine
Sadler Vector Sfc. Wind monthly climatology tropical, marine
SSM/I (RSS) 10-m wind speed monthly 0.25, 0.5° 1987 - Jul2002  

Miscellaneous

Name Temporal
Resolution
Spatial
Resolution
Range of Years Comments
COADS cloudiness monthly climatology global, marine
Elevation data sets (land and sea)   various°   global
Land vegetation (NDVI) monthly 1981-2001  
MSU stratosphere and troposphere temperatures monthly 2.5° 1979-April 2003 anomalies
NOAA percentage sea ice monthly,weekly November1981-July2002 version 2
oceanic low-clouds seasonal 2.5° climatology  
Outgoing Longwave Radiation (OLR) monthly 2.5° 1974-Nov98  
Planetary albedo monthly climatology  
Reduced resolution COADS cloudiness anomalies monthly 4x6° 1800-2002  
SeaWiFS marine chlorophyll and aerosol monthly, pentad 0.5,1,2.5° 1997-2002  
selected NCEP / NCAR reanalysis fields pentads
monthly
2.5°
2.5°
1948-2002
1950-79 climatology
 
SSM/I (RSS) water vapor and cloud water monthly 0.25, 0.5° 1987 - Jul 2002  
Tropical cyclone positions and number daily   historical global
UW Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) hydrology model monthly, daily, 3-hourly 1/8° 1950-July2000 contiguous U.S.

For Assistance

Contact Todd Mitchell ( mitchell@atmos.washington.edu , 206 685 3786 ).