Comparisons of ECMWF ISLSCP-II near-surface dataset from ERA-40 with GEWEX observational data sets
Forecasts (ECMWF) has produced a special near-surface data set for the International Satellite Land-Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP) Initiative II 10-year data set compilation. The data were extracted for the years 1986–95 from the ECMWF "40-year" Re-Analysis (ERA-40, 1958–2002; Simmons and Gibson, 2000). The primary reference for the reanalysis is http://www.ecmwf.int/research/era/.
A full report documenting the data set and providing all the comparisons can be found at: http:// www.ecmwf.int/publications/library/ecpublications/pdf/ERA40PRS_8.pdf. The following brief extract from this report introduces the components of the data set and shows some comparisons with other GEWEX data sets within the ISLSCP compilation.
See also Betts, A.K., and A.C.M. Beljaars, 2003: ECMWF ISLSCP-II near-surface dataset from ERA-40. ERA-40 Project report series No. 8 from ECMWF, Reading RG2 9AX, UK. http://www.ecmwf.int/publications/library/ecpublications/pdf/era40/ERA40PRS_8.pdf
Betts, A.K., and A.C.M. Beljaars, (2004): Comparisons of ECMWF ISLSCP-II near-surface dataset from ERA-40 with GEWEX observational data sets. GEWEX News, 14, 1, Feb. 2004. http://www.gewex.org/Feb2004.pdf