Monthly mean evapotranspiration data set of the Tibet Plateau (2001-2018)

Monthly mean evapotranspiration data set of the Tibet Plateau (2001-2018)

This data set includes the monthly average actual evapotranspiration of the Tibet Plateau from 2001 to 2018. The data set is based on the satellite remote sensing data (MODIS) and reanalysis meteorological data (CMFD), and is calculated by the surface energy balance system model (SEBS). In the process of calculating the turbulent flux, the sub-grid scale topography drag parameterization scheme is introduced to improve the simulation of sensible and latent heat fluxes. In addition, the evapotranspiration of the model is verified by the observation data of six turbulence flux stations on the Tibetan Plateau, which shows high accuracy. The data set can be used to study the characteristics of land-atmosphere interaction and the water cycle in the Tibetan Plateau.

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Data storage format is standard NetCDF format, including time, longitude and latitude information, which can be read directly by NCL, python, MATLAB and other software.

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Han, C., Ma, Y., Wang, B., Zhong, L., Ma, W., Chen, X., Su, Z. (2020). Monthly mean evapotranspiration data set of the Tibet Plateau (2001-2018). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, DOI: 10.11888/Hydro.tpdc.270995. CSTR: 18406.11.Hydro.tpdc.270995. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

Related Literatures:

1. Han, C., Ma, Y., Wang, B., Zhong, L., Ma, W., Chen, X., & Su, Z. (2021). Long-term variations in actual evapotranspiration over the Tibetan Plateau. Earth System Science Data, 13(7), 3513–3524. View Details | Bibtex)

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Support Program

Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition Program

Supported by the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (No:XDA2006010201)

National Natural Science Foundation of China (No:91837208)

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Geographic coverage
East: 105.00 West: 70.00
South: 22.00 North: 45.00
  • Temporal resolution: Monthly
  • Spatial resolution: 1km - 10km
  • File size: 145 MB
  • Views: 8,392
  • Downloads: 759
  • Access: Open Access
  • Temporal coverage: 2001-01-01 To 2018-12-31
  • Updated time: 2022-04-18
: HAN Cunbo   MA Yaoming   WANG Binbin   ZHONG Lei   MA Weiqiang*   CHEN Xuelong   SU Zhongbo  

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