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VEMAP 2: U.S. Monthly Climate, 1895-1993, Version 2

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ModelVEMAP 2: U.S. Monthly Climate, 1895-1993, Version 2
Release date2000-12-13
ProjectVegetation-Ecosystem Modeling & Analysis
Time Period1895-01-01 to 1993-12-31


An integrated input data set for ecosystem and vegetation modeling for the conterminous United States. The data set is a ~100 year gridded monthly time series of climate that includes realistic interannual variability.


Model reference document


Kittel, T.G.F., N.A. Rosenbloom, C. Kaufman, J.A. Royle, C. Daly, H.H. Fisher, W.P. Gibson, S. Aulenbach, D.N. Yates, R. McKeown, D.S. Schimel, and VEMAP 2 Participants. 2000. VEMAP 2: U.S. Monthly Climate, 1895-1993, Version 2 . ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
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Vegetation-Ecosystem Modeling & Analysis: A multi-institutional, international effort whose goal is to evaluate the sensitivity of terrestrial ecosystem and vegetation processes to altered climate forcing and elevated atmospheric CO2. Phase 1 of the VEMAP project developed a model database of climate, soils, and vegetation compatible with the requirements of three ecosystem physiology models and three vegetation lifeform distribution models. Phase 2 developed a historical (1895-1994) gridded data set of climate (temperature, precipitation, solar radiation, humidity, and wind speed) and transient climate change scenarios based on coupled atmosphere-ocean GCM experiments, such as those with elevated greenhouse gases and sulfate aerosols.

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Companion Files

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  • is92a.readme
  • Vemap-2_MonthlyClimate.pdf
  • record2gridpt.c
  • grid_mask
  • gridpt2record.c
  • ncREADmon6.c
  • ncREADday7.c
  • README.Tclimate3
  • Phase_2_User_Guide.pdf
  • is92a.dat

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Model File (Granule)File SizeDates 13.8 MB 1895-01-01 - 1993-12-31 5.1 MB 1895-01-01 - 1993-12-31 14.0 MB 1895-01-01 - 1993-12-31 13.7 MB 1895-01-01 - 1993-12-31 5.7 MB 1895-01-01 - 1993-12-31 5.7 MB 1895-01-01 - 1993-12-31 14.1 MB 1895-01-01 - 1993-12-31

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