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Global Aridity Index and Potential Evapotranspiration (ET0) Climate Database v2

posted on 18.01.2019 by Antonio Trabucco, Robert Zomer
The Global Aridity Index (Global-Aridity_ET0) and Global Reference Evapotranspiration (Global-ET0) Version 2 dataset provides high-resolution (30 arc-seconds) global raster climate data for the 1970-2000 period, related to evapotranspiration processes and rainfall deficit for potential vegetative growth, based upon the implementation of a Penman Monteith Evapotranspiration equation for reference crop. The dataset follows the development and is based upon the WorldClim 2.0: http://worldclim.org/version2

Aridity Index represent the ratio between precipitation and ET0, thus rainfall over vegetation water demand (aggregated on annual basis). Under this formulation, Aridity Index values increase for more humid conditions, and decrease with more arid conditions. The Aridity Index values reported within the Global Aridity Index_ET0 geodataset have been multiplied by a factor of 10,000 to derive and distribute the data as integers (with 4 decimal accuracy). This multiplier has been used to increase the precision of the variable values without using decimals.

The Global-Aridity_ET0 and Global-ET0 datasets are provided for non-commercial use in standard GeoTiff format, at 30 arc seconds or ~ 1km at the equator.


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