NLDAS-2: North American Land Data Assimilation System Forcing Fields

Dataset Availability
1979-01-01T00:00:00 - 2021-04-10T00:00:00
Dataset Provider
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'Land Data Assimilation System (LDAS) combines multiple sources of observations (such as precipitation gauge data, satellite data, and radar precipitation measurements) to produce estimates of climatological properties at or near the Earth''s surface.

This dataset is the primary (default) forcing file (File A) for Phase 2 of the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS-2). The data are in 1/8th-degree grid spacing; the temporal resolution is hourly.

NLDAS is a collaboration project among several groups: NOAA/NCEP''s Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), NASA''s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Princeton University, the University of Washington, the NOAA/NWS Office of Hydrological Development (OHD), and the NOAA/NCEP Climate Prediction Center (CPC). NLDAS is a core project with support from NOAA''s Climate Prediction Program for the Americas (CPPA).'



0.125 arc degrees


Name Units Min Max Description
temperature °C -49.79* 51.2*

Air temperature at 2 meters above the surface

specific_humidity kg/kg 0* 0.02*

Specific humidity at 2 meters above the surface

pressure Pa 61847.6* 105338*

Surface pressure

wind_u m/s -27.93* 27.54*

U wind component at 10 meters above the surface

wind_v m/s -27.45* 35.13*

V wind component at 10 meters above the surface

longwave_radiation W/m^2 72.18* 545.11*

Surface downward longwave radiation

convective_fraction 0* 1*

Fraction of total precipitation that is convective: from NARR

potential_energy J/kg 0* 76666.2*

Convective available potential energy (J/kg): from NARR

potential_evaporation kg/m^2 0* 2.76*

Potential evaporation: from NARR

total_precipitation kg/m^2 0* 124.19*

Hourly total precipitation

shortwave_radiation W/m^2 0* 1368.54*

Surface downward shortwave radiation - bias corrected

* estimated min or max value

Image Properties

Image Properties

Name Type Description
end_hour DOUBLE

End hour

start_hour DOUBLE

Start hour

Terms of Use

Terms of Use

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Explore in Earth Engine

var dataset = ee.ImageCollection('NASA/NLDAS/FORA0125_H002')
                  .filter('2018-07-01', '2018-07-30'));
var temperature ='temperature');
var temperatureVis = {
  min: -5.0,
  max: 40.0,
  palette: ['3d2bd8', '4e86da', '62c7d8', '91ed90', 'e4f178', 'ed6a4c'],
Map.setCenter(-110.21, 35.1, 4);
Map.addLayer(temperature, temperatureVis, 'Temperature');