Benchmarking land surface models in high latitudes

Blyth, Eleanor; Jones, Chris. 2011 Benchmarking land surface models in high latitudes. iLEAPS Newsletter, 11. 28-31.

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Several groups of land surface modellers have set out a standard set of tests that will remain in place and be delivered to the modelling community as a benchmark. The idea is to draw a line in the sand at a particular moment in time and quantify the performance of the model, which can then be referred to later as changes are made. An example of such a set of benchmark tests was made for the UK community model JULES (Joint UK Land Environment Simulator). We set out to answer the following questions: 1. How well does the original model work with respect to some well established datasets? 2. How well does the model reproduce the seasonal river flows in the major rivers, the seasonal greening up and dying of the vegetation at the continental scale, and the seasonal fluxes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and evaporation?

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Water > WA Topic 3 - Science for Water Management > WA - 3.3 - Better represent hydrological and biogeochemical processes in Earth System Models
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Reynard
ISSN: 1796–0363
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: iLEAPS Newsletter no. 11 is freely available online - click on the Official URL link
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
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Date made live: 24 Jan 2012 12:18 +0 (UTC)

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