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FLDAS Publications

For reprints of any article listed on this page, contact Amy McNally.

Primary Reference

2017. McNally, A., Arsenault, K., Kumar, S., Shukla, S., Peterson, P., Wang, S., Funk, C., Peters-Lidard, C.P., Verdin, J.P. A land data assimilation system for sub-Saharan Africa food and water security applications. Sci. Data 4:170012

2018. Global FLDAS Data: FLDAS_NOAH01_C_GL_M.001

2018. Global FLDAS Anomalies: FLDAS_NOAH01_C_GL_MA.001

2018. Global FLDAS Long term monthly averages: FLDAS_NOAH01_C_GL_MC.001

2019. McNally, A., K. Verdin, L. Harrison, A. Getirana, J. Jacob, S. Shukla, K. Arsenault, C. Peters-Lidard, J.P. Verdin, 2019: Acute water-scarcity monitoring for Africa. Water, 11(10), 1968;

2021. Sarmiento, D. P., Slinski, K., McNally, A., Jacob, J. P., Funk, C., Peterson, P., Peters-Lidard, C. “Daily Precipitation Frequency Distributions Impacts on Land-Surface Simulations of CONUS”. Frontiers in Water, 3, 640736.

2022. McNally, A., Jacob, J., Arsenault, K., Slinski, K., Sarmiento, D. P., Hoell, A., Pervez, S., Rowland, J., Budde, M., Kumar, S., Peters-Lidard, C., and Verdin, J. P.: A Central Asia hydrologic monitoring dataset for food and water security applications in Afghanistan, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 3115–3135,


FLDAS data in action:

Ayehu, Getachew, Tsegaye Tadesse, Berhan Gessesse, and Yibeltal Yigrem. "Soil Moisture Monitoring Using Remote Sensing Data and a Stepwise-Cluster Prediction Model: The Case of Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia." Remote Sensing 11, no. 2 (2019): 125.

Harrison, Laura, Chris Funk, Amy McNally, Shraddhanand Shukla, and Greg Husak. "Pacific Sea Surface Temperature Linkages with Tanzania's Multi‐season Drying Trends." International Journal of Climatology (2019). doi: 10.1002/joc.6003.

Policelli, Frederick, Alfred Hubbard, Hahn Chul Jung, Ben Zaitchik, and Charles Ichoku. "A predictive model for Lake Chad total surface water area using remotely sensed and modeled hydrological and meteorological parameters and multivariate regression analysis." Journal of Hydrology 568 (2019): 1071-1080.

Philip, Sjoukje, Sarah F. Kew, Geert Jan van Oldenborgh, Friederike Otto, Sarah O’Keefe, Karsten Haustein, Andrew King et al. "Attribution analysis of the Ethiopian drought of 2015." Journal of Climate 31, no. 6 (2018): 2465-2486.

Khaki, M., Joseph Awange, E. Forootan, and Michael Kuhn. "Understanding the association between climate variability and the Nile's water level fluctuations and water storage changes during 1992–2016." Science of the Total Environment645 (2018): 1509-1521.

Koseki, Shunya, and Teferi Demissie. "Does the Drakensberg dehydrate southwestern Africa?." Journal of Arid Environments 158 (2018): 35-42.

Koseki, Shunya, Benjamin Pohl, Bhuwan Chandra Bhatt, Noel Keenlyside, and Arielle Stela Nkwinkwa Njouodo. "Insights into the Summer Diurnal Cycle over Eastern South Africa." Monthly Weather Review 146, no. 12 (2018): 4339-4356.

Smith, Stuart W., James DM Speed, John Bukombe, Shombe N. Hassan, Richard D. Lyamuya, Philipo Jacob Mtweve, Anders Sundsdal, and Bente J. Graae. "Litter type and termites regulate root decomposition across contrasting savanna land‐uses." Oikos (2018).

Strydom, S., M. J. Savage, and A. D. Clulow. "Long-term trends and variability in the dryland microclimate of the Northern Cape Province, South Africa." Theoretical and Applied Climatology (2018): 1-13.

Jung, Hahn Chul, Augusto Getirana, Frederick Policelli, Amy McNally, Kristi R. Arsenault, Sujay Kumar, Tsegaye Tadesse, and Christa D. Peters-Lidard. "Upper Blue Nile basin water budget from a multi-model perspective." Journal of Hydrology 555 (2017): 535-546.

Kirschbaum, Dalia B., George J. Huffman, Robert F. Adler, Scott Braun, Kevin Garrett, Erin Jones, Amy McNally et al. "NASA’s remotely sensed precipitation: A reservoir for applications users." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 98, no. 6 (2017): 1169-1184. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00296.1.

McNally, Amy, Shraddhanand Shukla, Kristi R. Arsenault, Shugong Wang, Christa D. Peters-Lidard, and James P. Verdin. "Evaluating ESA CCI soil moisture in East Africa." International journal of applied earth observation and geoinformation 48 (2016):

McNally, Amy, Gregory J. Husak, Molly Brown, Mark Carroll, Chris Funk, Soni Yatheendradas, Kristi Arsenault, Christa Peters-Lidard, and James P. Verdin. "Calculating crop water requirement satisfaction in the West Africa Sahel with remotely sensed soil moisture." Journal of Hydrometeorology16, no. 1 (2015): 295-305.


Papers with FLDAS case studies:


McNally, Amy, Sean McCartney, Alex C. Ruane, Iliana E. Mladenova, Alyssa K. Whitcraft, Inbal Becker-Reshef, John D. Bolten, Christa D. Peters-Lidard, Cynthia Rosenzweig, and Stephanie Schollaert Uz. "Hydrologic and Agricultural Earth Observations and Modeling for the Water-Food Nexus." Frontiers in Environmental Science 7 (2019): 23.

Funk, Chris, Shraddhanand Shukla, Wassila Mamadou Thiaw, James Rowland, Andrew Hoell, Amy McNally, Gregory Husak et al. "Recognizing the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET): Over 30 Years of Drought Early Warning Science Advances and Partnerships Promoting Global Food Security." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 2019 (2019).

Uz, Stephanie Schollaert, Alex C. Ruane, Bryan N. Duncan, Compton J. Tucker, George J. Huffman, Iliana E. Mladenova, Batuhan Osmanoglu et al. "Earth Observations and Integrative Models in Support of Food and Water Security." Remote Sensing in Earth Systems Sciences (2019): 1-21.

Getirana, A., A. McNally, J. Roningen, B. Zaitchik, K. Arsenault, H. C. Jung, and C. Peters-Lidard. "Forecasting water availability in data sparse and heavily managed catchments in Africa and the Middle East." Gewex News 27, no. 4 (2015): 8-11.…