GLDAS VIC Land Surface Model L4 3 Hourly 1.0 x 1.0 degree V001

Metadata Updated: December 18, 2017

This data set contains a series of land surface parameters simulated from the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) Model in the Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS). The data are in 1.0 degree resolution and range from 1979 to the present. The temporal resolution is 3-hour.

                                This simulation was forced by combination of NOAA/GDAS atmospheric analysis fields, spatially and temporally disaggregated NOAA Climate Prediction Center Merged Analysis of Precipitation (CMAP) fields, and observation based downward shortwave and longwave radiation fields derived using the method of the Air Force Weather Agency's AGRicultural METeorological modeling system (AGRMET). 
                                The simulation was initialized on 1 January 1979 using soil moisture and other state fields from a GLDAS/VIC model climatology for that day of the year.

                                WGRIB or other GRIB reader is required to read the files. 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.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: U.S. Government Work

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Metadata Created Date July 8, 2015
Metadata Updated Date December 18, 2017

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Harvested from NASA Data.json

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Metadata Created Date July 8, 2015
Metadata Updated Date December 18, 2017
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