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Volume 9, issue 7 | Copyright
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 2499-2532, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-2499-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Model evaluation paper 27 Jul 2016

Model evaluation paper | 27 Jul 2016

High-resolution land surface fluxes from satellite and reanalysis data (HOLAPS v1.0): evaluation and uncertainty assessment

Alexander Loew1,2, Jian Peng2, and Michael Borsche3 Alexander Loew et al.
  • 1Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Luisenstr. 37, 80333 Munich, Germany
  • 2Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Bundesstr. 53, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
  • 3Deutscher Wetterdienst, National Climate Monitoring, Frankfurter Str. 135, 63067 Offenbach, Germany

Abstract. Surface water and energy fluxes are essential components of the Earth system. Surface latent heat fluxes provide major energy input to the atmosphere. Despite the importance of these fluxes, state-of-the-art data sets of surface energy and water fluxes largely differ. The present paper introduces a new framework for the estimation of surface energy and water fluxes at the land surface, which allows for temporally and spatially high-resolved flux estimates at the quasi-global scale (50°S, 50°N) (High resOlution Land Atmosphere Parameters from Space – HOLAPS v1.0). The framework makes use of existing long-term satellite and reanalysis data records and ensures internally consistent estimates of the surface radiation and water fluxes. The manuscript introduces the technical details of the developed framework and provides results of a comprehensive sensitivity and evaluation study. Overall the root mean square difference (RMSD) was found to be 51.2 (30.7)Wm−2 for hourly (daily) latent heat flux, and 84 (38)Wm−2 for sensible heat flux when compared against 48 FLUXNET stations worldwide. The largest uncertainties of latent heat flux and net radiation were found to result from uncertainties in the solar radiation flux obtained from satellite data products.

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Surface water and energy fluxes are essential components of the Earth system. The present paper introduces a new framework for the estimation of surface energy and water fluxes at the land surface, which allows for temporally and spatially high resolved flux estimates at the global scale. The framework maximizes the usage of existing long-term satellite data records. Overall the results indicate very good agreement with in situ observations when compared against 49 FLUXNET stations worldwide.
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