The spatial-temporal distribution of topographic shadows in the upper reaches of Heihe River Basin

The spatial-temporal distribution map of topographic shadows in the upper reaches of Heihe River (2018), which is calculated based on the SRTM DEM and the solar position ( The spatial resolution is 100 m and the time resolution is 15 min. The datased can be used in the fields of ecological hydrology and remote sensing research. Using the observed solar radiation at several automatic weather stations in the upper reaches of Heihe River, the accuracy of the calculation results is verified. Results show that the dataset can accurately capture the temporal and spatial changes of the topographic shadow at the stations, and the time error is within 20 minutes.

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ZHANG Yanlin. The spatial-temporal distribution of topographic shadows in the upper reaches of Heihe River Basin. National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2019. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

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1. Li, X., Cheng, G.D., Chen, X.Z., & Lu, L. (1999). Modification of solar radiation model over rugged terrain. Chinese Science Bulletin, 44(15), 1345-1350.( View Details | Bibtex)

2. Zhang, Y.L., Li, X., Cheng, G.D., Jin, H.J., Yang, D.W., Flerchinger, GN, Chang, X.L., Wang, X., & Liang, J. (2018). Influences of Topographic Shadows on the Thermal and Hydrological Processes in a Cold Region Mountainous Watershed in Northwest China. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 10, 1439-1457, doi: 10.1029/2017MS001264.( View Details | Bibtex)

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  • Temporal resolution: Hourly
  • Spatial resolution: 10m - 100m
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  • Temporal coverage: 2018-01-01 To 2018-12-31
  • Updated time: 2019-12-13
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