High-resolution fields of global runoff combining observed river discharge and simulated water balances
Article first published online: 7 AUG 2002
Copyright 2002 by the American Geophysical Union.
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 15-1–15-10, September 2002
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High-resolution fields of global runoff combining observed river discharge and simulated water balances, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 16(3), doi:10.1029/1999GB001254, 2002., , and ,
- Issue published online: 7 AUG 2002
- Article first published online: 7 AUG 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 NOV 2001
- Manuscript Revised: 31 JAN 2001
- Manuscript Received: 28 DEC 1999
 This paper demonstrates the potential of combining observed river discharge information with climate-driven water balance model (WBM) outputs to develop composite runoff fields. Such combined runoff fields simultaneously reflect the numerical accuracy of the discharge measurements and preserve the spatial and temporal distribution of simulated runoff. Selected gauging stations from the World Meteorological Organization Global Runoff Data Centre (GRDC) data archive were geographically coregistered to a gridded simulated topological network at 30′ (longitude × latitude) spatial resolution (STN–30p). Interstation regions between gauging stations along the STN–30p network were identified, and annual interstation runoff was calculated. The annual interstation runoff was compared with outputs from WBM calculations, which were performed using long-term mean monthly climate forcings (air temperature and precipitation). The simulated runoff for each cell was multiplied by the ratio of observed to simulated runoff of the corresponding interstation region from the GRDC data set to create spatially distributed runoff fields at 30′ resolution. The resulting composite runoff fields (UNH/GRDC Composite Runoff Fields V1.0) are released to the scientific community along with intermediate data sets, such as station attributes and long-term monthly regimes of the selected gauging stations, the simulated topological network (STN–30p), STN–30p derived attributes for the selected stations, and gridded fields of the interstation regions along STN–30p. These data sets represent high-resolution fields that are of value to a broad range of water-related research, including terrestrial modeling, climate-atmosphere interactions, and global water resource assessments.