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Water Balance Model Inputs and Outputs for the Conterminous United States, 1900-2015


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Wolock, D.M., and McCabe, G.J., 2018, Water Balance Model Inputs and Outputs for the Conterminous United States, 1900-2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This metadata record describes monthly input and output data covering the period 1900-2015 for a water-balance model described in McCabe and Wolock (2011). The input datasets are precipitation (PPT) and air temperature (TAV) from the PRISM group at Oregon State University. The model outputs include estimated potential evapotranspiration (PET), actual evapotranspiration (AET), runoff (RUN) (streamflow per unit area), soil moisture storage (STO), and snowfall (SNO). The datasets are arranged in tables of monthly total or average values measured in millimeters or degrees C and then multiplied by 100. The data are indexed by the identifier PRISMID, which refers to an ASCII raster of cells in an associated file named PRISMID.asc. Water-balance [...]

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David Wolock
Originator :
David Wolock, Gregory McCabe
Metadata Contact :
David Wolock
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U.S. Geological Survey
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase

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These datasets were developed to support water-budget analyses across the conterminous United States. These analyses are used to quantify water supply and drought, as well to improve understanding of hydrologic processes in general.



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