Entry_ID: G00788
Entry_Title: Rand Corporation Mean Monthly Global Snow Depth
Group: Data_Set_Citation
   Dataset_Creator: Charles Schultz and L. D. Bregman
   Dataset_Title: Rand Corporation Mean Monthly Global Snow Depth
   Dataset_Release_Date: 1988-01-01
   Dataset_Release_Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
   Dataset_Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
   Online_Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/g00788.html
   Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N57P8W9K
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Technical Contact
   First_Name: NSIDC
   Last_Name: User Services
   Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
   Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
   Fax: 1 303  492-2468 x
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
      Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
      Address: University of Colorado
      City: Boulder
      Province_or_State: CO
      Postal_Code: 80309-0449
      Country: USA
   End_Group
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Investigator
   First_Name: Charles
   Last_Name: Schultz
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: The Rand Corporation
      Address: 1700 Main Street
      City: Santa Monica
      Province_or_State: CA
      Postal_Code: 90406
      Country: USA
   End_Group
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Investigator
   First_Name: L.
   Middle_Name: D.
   Last_Name: Bregman
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: The Rand Corporation
      Address: 1700 Main Street
      City: Santa Monica
      Province_or_State: CA
      Postal_Code: 90406
      Country: USA
   End_Group
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Group: Parameters
   Category: EARTH SCIENCE
   Topic: Atmosphere
   Term: Precipitation
   Variable_Level_1: Snow
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Group: Parameters
   Category: EARTH SCIENCE
   Topic: Cryosphere
   Term: Snow/Ice
   Variable_Level_1: Snow Cover
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Group: Parameters
   Category: EARTH SCIENCE
   Topic: Cryosphere
   Term: Snow/Ice
   Variable_Level_1: Snow Depth
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Group: Parameters
   Category: EARTH SCIENCE
   Topic: Terrestrial Hydrosphere
   Term: Snow/Ice
   Variable_Level_1: Snow Cover
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Group: Parameters
   Category: EARTH SCIENCE
   Topic: Terrestrial Hydrosphere
   Term: Snow/Ice
   Variable_Level_1: Snow Depth
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ISO_Topic_Category: Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere
Keyword: Climatology
Keyword: Global Change
Keyword: Gridded Data
Keyword: Model Input Data
Keyword: Snowpack
Data_Set_Progress: complete
Group: Spatial_Coverage
   Southernmost_Latitude: -90
   Northernmost_Latitude: 90
   Westernmost_Longitude: -180
   Easternmost_Longitude: 180
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Group: Location
   Location_Category: GEOGRAPHIC REGION
   Location_Type: GLOBAL LAND
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Group: Data_Resolution
   Temporal_Resolution: 1 mon
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Data_Set_Language: English
Group: Data_Center
   Data_Center_Name: NSIDC > National Snow and Ice Data Center
   Data_Center_URL: http://nsidc.org
   Group: Personnel
      Role: Data Center Contact
      First_Name: NSIDC
      Last_Name: User Services
      Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
      Phone: 1 303 492-6199 
      Fax: 1 303  492-2468 
      Group: Contact_Address
         Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
         Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
         Address: University of Colorado
         City: Boulder
         Province_or_State: CO
         Postal_Code: 80309-0449
         Country: USA
      End_Group
   End_Group
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Group: Data_Center
   Data_Center_Name: NOAA > National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
   Data_Center_URL: http://nsidc.org/noaa/
   Group: Personnel
      Role: Data Center Contact
      First_Name: NOAA
      Last_Name: User Services
      Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
      Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
      Fax: 1 303  492-2468 x
      Group: Contact_Address
         Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
         Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
         Address: University of Colorado
         City: Boulder
         Province_or_State: CO
         Postal_Code: 80309-0449
         Country: USA
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   End_Group
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Group: Distribution
   Distribution_Media: FTP
   Distribution_Size: 3.3 MB
   Distribution_Format: PDF
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Group: Distribution
   Distribution_Media: FTP
   Distribution_Size: 180 KB
   Distribution_Format: ASCII Text (.txt)
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Group: Reference

   Schultz, C., and L. D. Bregman. 1998. Global Annual Snow Accumulation by 
   Months. Rand Note N-2687-RC.

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Group: Summary

   All available monthly snow depth climatologies were integrated   by the Rand 
   Corporation, in the early 1980s, into one global (excluding Africa   and South 
   America) digital data set gridded at 4° latitude   x 5°   longitude. 
   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers monthly climatologies were a primary   data 
   source. For data-sparse areas such as China, Greenland, the Arctic and   
   Antarctica, special Rand methodologies were used: empirical evaluation of 
   total  precipitation, weather source regions, latitude, temperature, terrain 
   and annual   snow depth data. Monthly ice-pack limits from U.S. Navy 
   Oceanographic Office  were used to extend the zero snow accumulation line over 
   the oceans. These  mean monthly data can be used strictly as a climatological 
   summary or for systematic   comparison with simulations from any general 
   circulation model (GCM), or for   initiating GCM calculations. Data report 
   copies are also available. The global   grid is too coarse to pick up snow 
   accumulation in Africa and South America, but no more than two grid points are 
   involved in these areas.

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Group: Related_URL
   Group: URL_Content_Type
      Type: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
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   URL: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0024.html
   Description: Nimbus-7 SMMR Derived Monthly Global Snow Cover and Snow Depth
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IDN_Node: USA/NOAA
Metadata_Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata_Version: 9.7
DIF_Creation_Date: 1988-01-01
Last_DIF_Revision_Date: 2013-03-07
DIF_Revision_History:  Added DOI