Meteorological Office Rainfall and Evaporation Calculation System (MORECS version 2.0)

Evaporation and soil moisture deficit for the UK calculated by MO using meteorological observations. The output can be for a single site or as averaged over 40 x 40 km grid which cover the UK. The data can be supplied at daily, weekly or monthly time resolution.

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Format of the dataset : comma-separated values (csv)

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Please include the following acknowledgement where the data is reproduced - © Crown copyright [followed by year of first publication], the Met Office


Study area
Temporal extent
1961-01-01    to    …

Provenance & quality

MORECS evapotranspiration and soil moisture deficit is calculated from daily values of hours of sunshine, air temperature, vapour pressure, wind speed and rainfall. For further details see Hough and Jones (1997). For further details see [1]

[1] Hough, M. N. and Jones, R. J. A.: The United Kingdom Meteorological Office rainfall and evaporation calculation system: MORECS version 2.0-an overview, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 1, 227-239, doi:10.5194/hess-1-227-1997, 1997.


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Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
TM65 / Irish National Grid


Topic categories
Climatology / Meteorology / Atmosphere
Climate Scenarios Geospatial / Map National Tabular Time Series Weather