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Ruane et al. 2015

Ruane, A.C., R. Goldberg, and J. Chryssanthacopoulos, 2015: Climate forcing datasets for agricultural modeling: Merged products for gap-filling and historical climate series estimation. Agric. Forest Meteorol., 200, 233-248, doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.09.016.

The AgMERRA and AgCFSR climate forcing datasets provide daily, high-resolution, continuous, meteorological series over the 1980-2010 period designed for applications examining the agricultural impacts of climate variability and climate change. These datasets combine daily resolution data from retrospective analyses (the Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications, MERRA, and the Climate Forecast System Reanalysis, CFSR) with in situ and remotely-sensed observational datasets for temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation, leading to substantial reductions in bias in comparison to a network of 2324 agricultural-region stations from the Hadley Integrated Surface Dataset (HadISD). Results compare favorably against the original reanalyses as well as the leading climate forcing datasets (Princeton, WFD, WFD-EI, and GRASP), and AgMERRA distinguishes itself with substantially improved representation of daily precipitation distributions and extreme events owing to its use of the MERRA-Land dataset. These datasets also peg relative humidity to the maximum temperature time of day, allowing for more accurate representation of the diurnal cycle of near-surface moisture in agricultural models. AgMERRA and AgCFSR enable a number of ongoing investigations in the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) and related research networks, and may be used to fill gaps in historical observations as well as a basis for the generation of future climate scenarios.

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@article{ru02200w,
  author={Ruane, A. C. and Goldberg, R. and Chryssanthacopoulos, J.},
  title={Climate forcing datasets for agricultural modeling: Merged products for gap-filling and historical climate series estimation},
  year={2015},
  journal={Agric. Forest Meteorol.},
  volume={200},
  pages={233--248},
  doi={10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.09.016},
}

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AU  - Goldberg, R.
AU  - Chryssanthacopoulos, J.
PY  - 2015
TI  - Climate forcing datasets for agricultural modeling: Merged products for gap-filling and historical climate series estimation
JA  - Agric. Forest Meteorol.
VL  - 200
SP  - 233
EP  - 248
DO  - 10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.09.016
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