Monthly Water Balance Model Futures

Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

A monthly water balance model (MWBM) was driven with precipitation and temperature using a station-based dataset for current conditions (1949 to 2010) and selected statistically-downscaled general circulation models (GCMs) for current and future conditions (1950 to 2099) across the conterminous United States (CONUS) using hydrologic response units from the Geospatial Fabric for National Hydrologic Modeling (Viger and Bock, 2014). Six MWBM output variables (actual evapotranspiration (AET), potential evapotranspiration (PET), runoff (RO), streamflow (STRM), soil moisture storage (SOIL), and snow water equivalent (SWE)) and the two MWBM input variables (atmospheric temperature (TAVE) and precipitation (PPT)) were summarized for hydrologic response units and aggregated at points of interest on a stream network. Results were organized into the Monthly Water Balance Model Futures database, and accessed through the Monthly Water Balance Model Futures Portal ( Note that the data release changed names in January 2017 from "Hydrology Futures" to "Monthly Water Balance Model Futures" due to "Hydrology Futures" being a copyright trademark. Methods used to calibrate and parameterize the MWBM are detailed in the Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) paper "Parameter regionalization of a monthly water balance model for the conterminous United States" by Bock and others (2016). See the link in the "Related External Resources" section for access. Supplemental data files related to the plots and data analysis in Bock and others (2016) can be found in the folder in the "Attached Files" section. Detailed information on the files and data can be found in the ReadMe.txt contained within the zipped folder. The data release accompanying the Earth Interactions article “Do downscaled general circulation models reliably simulate historical climatic conditions?” (Bock and others, 2018) and Advances in Water Resources article "Quantifying Uncertainty in Simulated Streamflow and Runoff from a Continental-scale Monthly Water Balance Model" is available as a child items to this page.

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Metadata Date August 14, 2020
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2016 (publication)
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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date August 14, 2020
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2016 (publication)
Responsible Party U.S. Geological Survey (Point of Contact)
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Licence Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata, and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. We acknowledge the modeling groups, the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI) and the World Climate Research Program's (WCRP) Working Group on Coupled Modelling (WGCM) for their roles in making available the WCRP CMIP3 multi-model dataset. Support of this dataset is provided by the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. We acknowledge the World Climate Research Programme's Working Group on Coupled Modelling, which is responsible for CMIP, and we thank the climate modeling groups for producing and making available their model output. For CMIP the U.S. Department of Energy's Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison provides coordinating support and led development of software infrastructure in partnership with the Global Organization for Earth System Science Portals.
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Temporal Extent Begin 1949-01-01
Temporal Extent End 2099-12-31

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