Sample Dataset

  • Salmon River (example_dataset_download): example of meteorological forcings, VIC parameters, routing model parameters, for learning to use VIC and the routing model.

RBM Input and Output Data Sets

VIC Input and Output Data Sets

Here are some notable input and output data sets for VIC. If you use these data sets, please cite the corresponding references.

Global Datasets

  • Global VIC Input Parameters at 0.5-Degree Resolution
    • NOTE: There are some grid cells in this dataset for which total soil depth exceeds the thermal damping depth of 4 meters. This causes VIC 4.1.2 (and later) to crash on those cells. The solution is to either increase the thermal damping depth (dp in the soil parameter file) to be >= total soil depth (= sum of layer depths 1, 2, 3). We are working on fixing this. For most users, this will not be a problem in their basins.
    • Spatial Resolution: 0.5-degree
    • Available data:
      • Soil Parameter File
      • Vegetation Parameter File
      • Vegetation Library File
      • Snowbands File
    • References: Nijssen et al. (2001b)
  • Global Meteorological Forcing Files at 0.5-Degree Resolution
  • Global Simulations at 2-Degree Resolution
    • Spatial Resolution: 2-degree
    • Temporal Resolution: daily
    • Time period: 1980-1993
    • Model Version: VIC 4.0.3
    • Simulation Mode: daily water balance
    • Available data:
      • Daily Meteorological Forcings (Precip, Tmax, Tmin, Wind, Vapor Pressure, Downward Shortwave, Net Longwave)
      • Daily Hydrologic Budget Terms (EvapoTranspiration, Runoff, Snow Water Equivalent, Soil Moisture Storage, Total Storage)
      • Maps of Gridded Parameters (Land/sea mask, depth of top 2 soil layers, total storage capacity)
    • References: Nijssen et al, 2001a,b,c
  • Global River Routing Networks at Various Resolutions
    • Spatial Resolution: 2-, 1-, 1/2-, 1/4-, 1/8-, and 1/16-degree
    • Coarser resolutions were upscaled from finer resolutions using DRT algorithm
    • Available data:
      • Grids of flow direction and flow accumulation
    • References: Wu et al., 2011

Continental US Datasets