21 Aug 2023
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Technical note: Surface fields for global environmental modelling

Margarita Choulga, Francesca Moschini, Cinzia Mazzetti, Stefania Grimaldi, Juliana Disperati, Hylke Beck, Peter Salamon, and Christel Prudhomme

Abstract. Climate change has resulted in more frequent occurrences of extreme events, such as flooding and heavy snowfall, which can have a significant impact on densely populated or industrialised areas. Numerical models are used to simulate and predict these extreme events, enabling informed decision-making and planning to minimise human casualties and protect costly infrastructure. LISFLOOD is an integrated hydrological model underpinning the European and Global Flood Awareness Systems (EFAS and GloFAS, respectively) developed by the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS). The CEMS_SurfaceFields_2022 dataset is a new set of high-resolution surface fields at 1 and 3 arc min (approximately 2 and 6 km at the Equator respectively) covering Europe and the global land surface (excluding Antarctica) respectively, based on a wide variety of high-resolution and up-to-date data sources. The dataset has been created together with upgrades to the open source LISFLOOD code. The set encompasses (i) catchment morphology and river network, (ii) land use, (iii) vegetation cover type and properties, (iv) soil properties, (v) lake information, and (vi) water demand. This manuscript details the complete workflow to generate CEMS_SurfaceFields_2022 fields, including data sources and methodology. The use of these fields is expected to significantly improve accuracy, detail, and realism of LISFLOOD simulations. CEMS_SurfaceFields_2022 can also be used as input for other Earth system models or for carrying out general statistical analyses across various spatial scales, ranging from global and regional to local levels.

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Short summary
CEMS_SurfaceFields_2022 dataset is a new set of high-resolution maps for land type (e.g. lake, forest), soil properties and population water needs at approximately 2 and 6 km at the Equator covering Europe and Globe (excluding Antarctica) respectively. Paper describes what new high-resolution information and how exactly to use to create the dataset. Paper suggests that dataset can be used as input for river/ weather/ other models, and also for statistical description of the region of interest.