Gridded Monthly Temperature Lapse Rates of the Tibetan Plateau

1) Data content (including elements and meanings): Gridded multiyear-average monthly air temperature lapse rate data over the Tibetan Plateau at three kinds of resolutions (i.e. 0.25°, 0.75° and 2°)

2) Data source and processing method: Locally reliable temperature lapse rates are created from filtered MODIS LST-elevation samples by using the thresholds of standard error of elevation and correlation coefficient

3) Data quality description: For ERA-Interim, the validation accuracy (based on 1980-2014 daily mean aire temperature records from 113 stations across the Tibetan Plateau) decreases from ~4℃ to ~2℃ after using the 0.75° temperaturel lapse rate.

4) Data application results and prospects: This dataset can be used for downscaling air temperature from multiple reanalysis datasets.

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In geotiff format which can be read directly by mutiple GIS softwares (such as Arcgis and Qgis)

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ZHANG Fan, ZHANG Hongbo. Gridded Monthly Temperature Lapse Rates of the Tibetan Plateau. National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2019. doi: 10.11888/Meteoro.tpdc.270211. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

Related Literatures:

1. Zhang, H., Zhang, F., Zhang, G., Che, T., & Yan, W. (2018). How accurately can the air temperature lapse rate over the Tibetan Plateau be estimated from MODIS LSTs?. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123(8), 3943-3960.( View Details | Bibtex)

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Geographic coverage
East: 105.38 West: 67.88
South: 25.13 North: 40.13
  • Temporal resolution: Monthly
  • Spatial resolution: 1º
  • File size: 1 MB
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  • Updated time: 2019-09-08
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Distributor: National Tibetan Plateau Data Center


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