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International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP)
Publisher: GB/NCAS/BADC > British Atmospheric Data Centre, NERC Centres for Atmospheric Science, United Kingdom  [contact email: BADC AT rl.ac.uk]  [web page]
Summary: The International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project (ISCCP) was established in 1983 under the United Nations Environmental Programme to promote the use of satellite data for the global land surface data sets needed for climate studies. In June of 1992, an interdisciplinary Earth Science workshop was convened in Columbia, Maryland, to assess recent progress in land-atmosphere research, specifically in the areas of models, satellite data algorithms, and field experiments. At the workshop, representatives of the land-atmosphere modeling community stated that they had a need for global data sets to prescribe boundary conditions, initialize state variables, and provide near-surface meteorological and radiative forcings for their models. The data sets collated on these CDs represent a first attempt to meet this need. This CD-ROM contains the Initiative I data collection. The data sets on this CD set cover four areas (land cover, hydrometeorology, radiation, and soils), span the 24 month period, 1987-1988, and all but one are mapped to a common spatial resolution and grid (1 deg. x 1 deg.). Temporal resolution for most data sets is monthly; however, a few are at a finer resolution (e.g., 6-hourly). The data within the four areas are organized into five groups on this CD set: 1)Vegetation, 2)Hydrology and Soils, 3)Snow, Ice, and Oceans, 4)Radiation and Clouds, 5)Near-Surface Meteorology.
Related Link: data access via the GB/NCAS/BADC site
DIF metadata: Original DIF metadata
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