Global field of long-term average annual climate moisture index (CMI, Willmott and Feddema, 1992) computed using the ratio of annual precipitation (P) to annual potential evapotranspiration, (PET), specifically CMI = (P / PET) 1 when P < PET and CMI = 1- (PET / P) when PPET. The indicator ranges from 1 to +1, with wet climates showing positive CMI, and dry climates negative CMI. PET was estimated using the physically-based function of Shuttleworth and Wallace (1985), which is a modification of the standard Penman-Monteith PET equation. Long-term average precipitation was computed from Mitchell et al. (2003). Coefficient of variability (CV) is computed as the annual standard deviation divided by long-term annual mean.




(B1) cmi_annual_mean.asc = long-term annual average climate moisture index (unitless) computed from annual CMI fields. Primary source: Wilmott and Feddema (1992).


(B2) cmi_annual_cv.asc = long-term annual average climate moisture coefficient of variability (unitless) computed from annual CMI fields. Primary source: Wilmott and Feddema (1992).




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Willmott, C.J., and J.J. Feddema. 1992. A more rational climatic moisture index. Prof. Geographer 44: 84-87.



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