The Global Streamflow Characteristics Dataset (GSCD) consists of global maps of 17 streamflow characteristics, such as baseflow index, runoff coefficient, and flow percentiles, providing information about runoff behavior for the entire land surface including ungauged regions. The maps are unique in that they were derived using a data-driven (top down) approach based on streamflow observations from thousands of catchments around the globe, rather than using a physically-based (bottom up) process model. For more information, see the following open-access papers:
- Beck, H.E., A.I.J.M. van Dijk, A. de Roo (2015): Global maps of streamflow characteristics based on observations from several thousand catchments. Journal of Hydrometeorology 16(4), 1478–1501.
- Beck, H.E., A.I.J.M. van Dijk, D.G. Miralles, R.A.M. de Jeu, L.A. Bruijnzeel, T.R. McVicar, J. Schellekens (2013): Global patterns in baseflow index and recession based on streamflow observations from 3394 catchments. Water Resources Research 49(12), 7843–7863.
The latest version of the GSCD (version 1.9) including documentation (115 MB) can be downloaded here. The data and code are released under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license and thus may not be used for commercial purposes. By using the GSCD in any publication you agree to cite the above-mentioned papers.
The GSCD was developed by Hylke Beck (Princeton University, Princeton, USA) in collaboration with Albert van Dijk (ANU, Canberra, Australia), Ad de Roo (JRC, Ispra, Italy), Diego Miralles (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Jaap Schellekens (Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands), Tim McVicar (CSIRO, Canberra, Australia), Richard de Jeu (Transmissivity, Noordwijk, The Netherlands), and Sampurno Bruijnzeel (King’s College London, UK). The Global Runoff Data Centre (GRDC) and the US Geological Survey (USGS) are thanked for providing most of the flow data.