The Wilson, Henderson-Sellers' Global Vegetation and Soils data set is an archive of soil type and land cover data derived for use in general circulation models (GCMs). The data were collated from natural vegetation, forestry, agriculture, land use, and soil maps. The data are archived at 1 degree latitude x 1 degree longitude resolution and include data for soil, soil reliability, primary vegetation, secondary vegetation, and land cover reliability. There are approximately fifty land cover classifications which include categories for agricultural and urban uses. The inclusion of secondary vegetation type is particularly useful is areas with cover types which may have a fragmented distribution, such as urban development. The soil type data are classified using climatically important properties for CGMs and provide color (light, medium, or dark), texture, and drainage quality of the soil. The land cover data are compatible with the soils data forming a coherent and consistent data set. Reliability data rank the land cover data on a 1 to 5 scale from high to low reliability. The soil reliability is ranked as one of the following: high, good, moderate, fair, or poor.
Recommendations for the use of these data as well as more detailed information can be found in: Wilson, M.F. and A. Henderson-Sellers, 1985. A Global Archive of Land Cover and Soils Data for Use in General Circulation Climate Models. Journal of Climatology, Vol.5, 119-143.
More data set information can be found at: http://daac.ornl.gov/daacdata/safari2k/vegetation_wetlands/vegsoils_wilhend/comp/wilhend_readme.pdf .
Cite this data set as follows:
Wilson, M. F., and A. Henderson-Sellers. 2002. SAFARI 2000 Vegetation and Soils, 1-Deg (Wilson and Henderson-Sellers). Data set. Available on-line [http://www.daac.ornl.gov] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. doi:10.3334/ORNLDAAC/642.
Wilson, M. F., and A. Henderson-Sellers. 1985. A Global Archive of Land Cover and Soils Data for Use in General Circulation Climate Models. Journal of Climatology 5:119-143.
Wilson, M. F., and A. Henderson-Sellers. 1985. A Global Archive of Land Cover and Soils Data for Use in General Circulation Climate Models. ds767.0. Data Support Section, Scientific Computing Division, The National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A. Also available on-line at http://rda.ucar.edu/datasets/ds767.0/
Information about the data format, soil and land cover classes, and the procedure used to create the southern African subset are in this file: http://daac.ornl.gov/daacdata/safari2k/vegetation_wetlands/vegsoils_wilhend/comp/wilhend_readme.pdf .