THIS DATASET HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED by High-resolution global topographic index values
All pixels north of 4.57 degrees south were found to be shifted consistently 9.3 km to the west, therefore this dataset has been replaced by a corrected version.
If you need access to this archived version, please contact the EIDC
The topographic index is a hydrological quantity describing the propensity of the soil at landscape points to become saturated with water as a result of topographic position (i.e. not accounting for other factors such as climate that also affect soil moisture but are accounted for separately). Modern land surface models require a characterisation of the land surface hydrological regime and this parameter allows the use of the TOPMODEL hydrological model to achieve this .This Geographic Information System layer is intended for use as topographic ancillary files for the TOPMODEL routing model option within the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) land surface model. The topographic index variable here is directly comparable to the compound topographic index available from United States Geological Survey's Hydro1K at 30 sec resolution.
Publication date: 2014-11-30
The GA2 algorithm has been used to calculate these topographic index values, using base data layers provided by the HydroSHEDS suite of GIS layers. All files were generated using FORTRAN 90 at 15 arc-sec resolution (cells circa 450 m x 450 m at the Equator).