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Alvarez-Garreton, Camila; Mendoza, Pablo A; Boisier, Juan Pablo; Addor, Nans; Galleguillos, Mauricio; Zambrano-Bigiarini, Mauricio; Lara, Antonio; Puelma, Cristóbal; Cortes, Gonzalo; Garreaud, Rene; McPhee, James; Ayala, Alvaro (2018): The CAMELS-CL dataset - links to files. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Alvarez-Garreton, C et al. (2018): The CAMELS-CL dataset: catchment attributes and meteorology for large sample studies - Chile dataset. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22(11), 5817-5846,

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CAMELS-CL relies on multiple data sources (including ground data, remote-sensed products and reanalyses) to characterise the hydroclimatic conditions and landscape of a region where in situ measurements are scarce. The dataset includes 516 catchments and provides boundaries, daily streamflow records and basin-averaged daily time series of precipitation (from one national and three global datasets), maximum, minimum and mean temperatures, potential evapotranspiration (PET; from two datasets), and snow water equivalent. We calculated hydro-climatological indices using these time series, and leveraged diverse data sources to extract topographic, geological and land cover features. Relying on publicly available reservoirs and water rights data for the country, we estimated the degree of anthropic intervention within the catchments. To facilitate the use of this dataset and promote common standards in large-sample studies, we computed most catchment attributes introduced by Addor et al. (2017) in their Catchment Attributes and MEteorology for Large-sample Studies (CAMELS) dataset (doi:10.5065/D6G73C3Q), and added several others.
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This research emerged from the collaboration with many colleagues at the Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR2, CONICYT/FONDAP/15110009). Camila Alvarez-Garreton was funded by FONDECYT postdoctoral grant no. 3170428. Pablo Mendoza received additional support from FONDECYT postdoctoral grant no. 3170079. Mauricio Zambrano-Bigiarini thanks FONDECYT 11150861 for financial support. The development of CR2MET was supported by the Chilean Water Directorate (DGA), through National Water Balance Updating Project DGA-2319, and by FONDECYT grant no. 3150492. This study is a contribution to the Large-sample Hydrology working group of the Panta Rhei Research Initiative of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS).
Median Latitude: -36.750000 * Median Longitude: -69.400000 * South-bound Latitude: -55.500000 * West-bound Longitude: -69.600000 * North-bound Latitude: -18.000000 * East-bound Longitude: -69.200000
Chile * Latitude Start: -18.000000 * Longitude Start: -69.600000 * Latitude End: -55.500000 * Longitude End: -69.200000 * Location: Chile
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Catchment attributes and metadata1_CAMELScl_attributestxt149.495Link
Streamflow in m**3/s2_CAMELScl_streamflow_m3stxt13127.899Link
Streamflow in mm3_CAMELScl_streamflow_mmtxt40563.809Link
Precipitation obtained from CR2MET4_CAMELScl_precip_cr2mettxt11602.538Link
Precipitation obtained from CHIRPS5_CAMELScl_precip_chirpstxt5182.448Link
Precipitation obtained from MSWEP6_CAMELScl_precip_msweptxt10427.545Link
Precipitation obtained from TMPA7_CAMELScl_precip_tmpatxt4297.450Link
Air temperature, minimum8_CAMELScl_tmin_cr2mettxt30352.434Link
Air temperature, maximum9_CAMELScl_tmax_cr2mettxt28162.707Link
Air temperature, mean10_CAMELScl_tmean_cr2mettxt29165.998Link
Potential evapotranspiration obtained from MODIS11_CAMELScl_pet_8d_modistxt474.398Link
Potential evapotranspiration obtained from Hargreaves formula12_CAMELScl_pet_hargreavestxt8821.860Link
Snow water equivalent13_CAMELScl_swetxt17283.931Link
Catchment hierarchy14_CAMELScl_catch_hierarchytxt6.589Link
Catchment boundary shape fileCAMELScl_catchment_boundariesESRI Shapefiles13368.911Link