Drought Code

Numerical rating of the average moisture content of deep, compact organic layers.

Description & Technical Information

Description

The Drought Code (DC) is a numeric rating of the average moisture content of deep, compact organic layers. This code is a useful indicator of seasonal drought effects on forest fuels and the amount of smoldering in deep duff layers and large logs. This is a variable of the Fire Weather Index rating system designed and adopted by the Canadian Forest Service. The dataset has been developed through a collaboration between the Joint Research Centre and ECMWF under the umbrella of the European Forest Fire Information (EFFIS) system and the Global Wildfires Information System (GWIS), a joint initiative of the GEO and the Copernicus Work Programs.

Technical information

Category
Coverage Global
Horizon 10 days
Time Resolution 1 day
Spatial Resolution O1280, ~9 km [HRES]; O640, ~18 km [ENS]
Update Once a day following either the 12 UTC ECMWF forecast release.
Nature Raster Maps
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Model or Algorithm