Climate and land surface models: role of soil

Marthews, Toby Richard; Lange, Holger; Martínez-de la Torre, Alberto; Ellis, Richard J.; Chadburn, Sarah E.; De Kauwe, Martin G.. 2022 Climate and land surface models: role of soil. In: Reference module in Earth systems and environmental sciences. Amsterdam, Elsevier, 11pp.

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The role of soil in current climate models is reviewed and discussed, with a focus on developments over the last two decades. Soil modeling may be divided into three major parts: simulation of soil hydrological dynamics, soil biogeochemistry and the soil thermal environment. Each of these three major parts is summarized with a brief description of current best practice and developments. Specific issues and modifications relevant to four extreme environments are highlighted: drylands, tropical moist and wet forests, cold regions, and peatlands and wetlands. Finally, current advances in the areas of hyperresolution and coupled model environments are discussed, which we see as the two leading edges of current soil model development. This is an update of Smith, P. (2005). Climate models, role of soil. In Daniel Hillel (ed.), Encyclopedia of soils in the environment (pp 262-268). Amsterdam: Academic Press. ISBN 9780123485304.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Hydro-climate Risks (Science Area 2017-)
UKCEH Fellows
Additional Keywords: climate model, coupled model, hyperresolution, land surface model, soil biogeochemistry, soil hydraulics, soil hydrology, soil thermal dynamics, Water table
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
Date made live: 16 Sep 2022 16:01 +0 (UTC)

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