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GCIP/GIDS-1: GCIP Initial Data Set 1


The Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Continental-scale International Project (GCIP) Initial Data Set (GIDS-1) contains data from the west-central Mississippi River basin. GIDS-1 is a combination of operational and research data over a 3-month period.


The purpose of GIDS-1 was to create a prototype data set that is similar to future data sets collected during the GCIP Enhanced Observing Period (1995-2000). Data from the STORM-FEST Field Project was selected as a nucleus to build GIDS-1. STORM-FEST provided a data set that: (1) included atmospheric and hydrological data obtained in the center of the GCIP area; (2) occurred during a hydrologically important time of year (i.e. late winter/early spring); (3) included routine operational data as well as special research observing platforms for a 6 week period; and (4) provided similar quality controlled surface and upper air composite data sets as required by GCIP. An additional 6 weeks of operational data was added to the STORM-FEST data to: (1) increase the collection period of GIDS-1 into the spring snowmelt/runoff period; and (2) provide a direct comparison of 6 weeks of intensive/special observations to 6 weeks of routine observations for evaluating future GCIP observational enhancements.

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GCMD Name G - I > GCIP > GEWEX Continental-Scale International Project > 70ea1650-902a-4022-8103-3c7a1fb3bc44
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Temporal coverage

Begin Date 1992-02-01 00:00:00
End Date 1992-04-30 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

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Maximum (North) Latitude: 45.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 31.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -106.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: -86.00

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Parent project GCIP: GEWEX Continental-scale International Projects