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Loew, Alexander; Peng, Jian; Borsche, Michael (2016): High-resolution land surface fluxes from satellite and reanalysis data (HOLAPS v1.0): evaluation and uncertainty assessment. In: Geoscientific Model Development, Vol. 9, No. 7: pp. 2499-2532


Surface water and energy fluxes are essential components of the Earth system. Surface latent heat fluxes provide major energy input to the atmosphere. Despite the importance of these fluxes, state-of-the-art data sets of surface energy and water fluxes largely differ. The present paper introduces a new framework for the estimation of surface energy and water fluxes at the land surface, which allows for temporally and spatially high-resolved flux estimates at the quasi-global scale ( 50 degrees S, 50 degrees N) ( High resOlution Land Atmosphere Parameters from Space - HO-LAPS v1.0). The framework makes use of existing long-term satellite and reanalysis data records and ensures internally consistent estimates of the surface radiation and water fluxes. The manuscript introduces the technical details of the developed framework and provides results of a comprehensive sensitivity and evaluation study. Overall the root mean square difference ( RMSD) was found to be 51.2 ( 30.7) W m(-2) for hourly ( daily) latent heat flux, and 84 ( 38) W m(-2) for sensible heat flux when compared against 48 FLUXNET stations worldwide. The largest uncertainties of latent heat flux and net radiation were found to result from uncertainties in the solar radiation flux obtained from satellite data products.