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Australian Landscape Water Balance simulated [ ALWB ] data - soil moisture, rainfall, evapotranspiration, deep drainage and runoff estimates [ 1911 onwards ] {DRAFT stopgap metadata}

The datasets presented on the Australian Landscape Water Balance portal (and by request) provide nationally consistent landscape water balance estimates daily, at high resolution (5 km) across Australia. The estimates are of water fluxes, soil moisture and groundwaterstores in the Australian landscape, and are based on a model that simulates the flow of water through the land portion of the landscape—through the vegetation and soil—and then out again through evapotranspiration, runoff or deep drainage to groundwater (as shown in the information sheet) Data from 2005 onwards is available from the portal, while earlier data (on request, up to 100 years, as well as more water balance variables) can be requested. The data is produced by the Bureau’s operational Australian Water Resources Assessment Landscape model. This model was developed through the Water Information Research and Development Alliance (WIRADA) between the Bureau and CSIRO. Nationally consistent simulated data is available on soil moisture in three different layers, runoff, evapotranspiration, deep drainage and precipitation, each at a spatial resolution of 25 square kilometres (a 5x5 km grid). The information is updated daily and is available at daily, monthly and annual timescales from 1911 onwards. The portal lets users zoom in to a given point, and then view a graph of the data either absolute values or relative to the historical climatology. Data can be downloaded as CSV for an individual point, aggregated to ariver catchment , Gridded data for the whole continent for one time-step can be downloaded as ascii, but for gridded continental data for multiple time-steps or variables, the output is provided in netcdf format.

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Title Australian Landscape Water Balance simulated [ ALWB ] data - soil moisture, rainfall, evapotranspiration, deep drainage and runoff estimates [ 1911 onwards ] {DRAFT stopgap metadata}
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia
Data Status inactive
Update Frequency daily
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/dataset/d6130c62-2fb8-451a-a2ab-7d5ead2f3284
Date Published 2017-07-31
Date Updated 2017-08-28
Contact Point
Bureau of Meteorology
awrams@bom.gov.au
Geospatial Coverage {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[113.0, -45.0], [155.0, -45.0], [155.0, -10.0], [113.0, -10.0], [113.0, -45.0]]]}
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal Australian Bureau of Meteorology CSW Harvester
Publisher/Agency Bureau of Meteorology
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