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WFDE5 over land merged with ERA5 over the ocean (W5E5 v2.0)


Lange,  Stefan
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;


Menz,  Christoph
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;


Gleixner,  Stephanie
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

Cucchi,  Marco
External Organizations;

Weedon,  Graham P.
External Organizations;

Amici,  Alessandro
External Organizations;

Bellouin,  Nicolas
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Schmied,  Hannes Müller
External Organizations;

Hersbach,  Hans
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Buontempo,  Carlo
External Organizations;

Cagnazzo,  Chiara
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Lange, S., Menz, C., Gleixner, S., Cucchi, M., Weedon, G. P., Amici, A., Bellouin, N., Schmied, H. M., Hersbach, H., Buontempo, C., Cagnazzo, C. (2021): WFDE5 over land merged with ERA5 over the ocean (W5E5 v2.0).

Cite as: https://publications.pik-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_26192
The W5E5 dataset was compiled to support the bias adjustment of climate input data for the impact assessments carried out in phase 3b of the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP3b). Version 2.0 of the W5E5 dataset covers the entire globe at 0.5° horizontal and daily temporal resolution from 1979 to 2019. Data sources of W5E5 are version 2.0 of WATCH Forcing Data methodology applied to ERA5 data (WFDE5; Weedon et al., 2014; Cucchi et al., 2020), ERA5 reanalysis data (Hersbach et al., 2020), and precipitation data from version 2.3 of the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP; Adler et al., 2003). Variables (with short names and units in brackets) included in the W5E5 dataset are Near Surface Relative Humidity (hurs, %), Near Surface Specific Humidity (huss, kg kg-1), Precipitation (pr, kg m-2 s-1), Snowfall Flux (prsn, kg m-2 s-1), Surface Air Pressure (ps, Pa), Sea Level Pressure (psl, Pa), Surface Downwelling Longwave Radiation (rlds, W m-2), Surface Downwelling Shortwave Radiation (rsds, W m-2), Near Surface Wind Speed (sfcWind, m s-1), Near-Surface Air Temperature (tas, K), Daily Maximum Near Surface Air Temperature (tasmax, K), Daily Minimum Near Surface Air Temperature (tasmin, K), Surface Altitude (orog, m), and WFDE5-ERA5 Mask (mask, 1).