Dataset of 0.01° Surface Air Temperature over Tibetan Plateau (1979-2018)

The surface air temperature dataset of the Tibetan Plateau is obtained by downscaling the China regional surface meteorological feature dataset (CRSMFD). It contains the daily mean surface air temperature and 3-hourly instantaneous surface air temperature. This dataset has a spatial resolution of 0.01°. Its time range for surface air temperature dataset is from 1979 to 2018. Spatial dimension of data: 73°E-106°E, 23°N-40°N. The surface air temperature with a 0.01° can serve as an important input for the modeling of land surface processes, such as surface evapotranspiration estimation, agricultural monitoring, and climate change analysis.

Data file naming and use method

The file is stored in GeoTIFF format. The relevant parameters are as follows:
scale_factor = 0.01f; // float
add_offset = 273.15f; // float
FillValue = -32767S; // short
missing_value = -32767S; // short
units = "K";
The file is named by time, and the time is in hours (1900-01-01 00: 00: 0.0 "is 0, for example, 876576.tif is the instantaneous air temperature at 1:00 on January 1, 2000).

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DING Lirong, ZHOU Ji, WANG Wei. Dataset of 0.01° Surface Air Temperature over Tibetan Plateau (1979-2018). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2020. doi: 10.11888/Meteoro.tpdc.270339. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

Related Literatures:

1. Ding, L., Zhou, J., Zhang, X., Liu, S., & Cao, R. (2018). A long-term 0.01° surface air temperature dataset of Tibetan Plateau. Data in brief, 20, 748-752.( View Details | Bibtex)

2. Chen, Y., Yang, K., He, J., Qin, J., Shi, J., Du, J., & He, Q. (2011). Improving land surface temperature modeling for dry land of China. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 116(D20).( View Details | Bibtex)

3. Ding, L., Zhou, J., Zhang, X., Liu, S., & Cao, R. (2018). Downscaling of surface air temperature over the Tibetan Plateau based on DEM. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 73, 136-147.( View Details | Bibtex)

4. Yang, K., He, J., Tang, W., Qin, J., & Cheng, C. C. (2010). On downward shortwave and longwave radiations over high altitude regions: Observation and modeling in the Tibetan Plateau. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 150(1), 38-46.( View Details | Bibtex)

Using this data, the data citation is required to be referenced and the related literatures are suggested to be cited.

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Geographic coverage
East: 106.00 West: 73.00
South: 23.00 North: 40.00
  • Temporal resolution: Hourly
  • Spatial resolution: 100m - 1km
  • File size: 663,552 MB
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  • Temporal coverage: 1979-01-01 To 2018-12-31
  • Updated time: 2020-04-14
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: DING Lirong   ZHOU Ji   WANG Wei  

Distributor: National Tibetan Plateau Data Center


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