This research was funded by the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command through an Interagency Agreement with the National Science Foundation, the special funds from the National Science Foundation that have been designated for the U.S. Weather Research Program at NCAR, and DOE/ARM Grant DE-AI02-97ER62359. We express our appreciation to Dr. Thomas Warner for his support and suggestions. Many have helped to make the OSULSM part of MM5’s version 3 release in the summer of 1999. Yong-Run Guo provided a means of including vegetation, soil, and vegetation fraction among the standard modeling system datasets. Kevin Manning has helped with the extraction of soil moisture and temperature and other information from the NNRP and EDAS archived data, and with manipulating the Level II rainfall data. David Gill has adapted programs to interpolate new surface datasets onto the model grid. Wei Wang has facilitated use of the LSM in the standard version 3 release available to MM5 users. Lynn Berry has prepared some of the figures presented in this paper.
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