Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-959-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-959-2017
Development and technical paper
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24 Feb 2017
Development and technical paper |  | 24 Feb 2017

A vertical representation of soil carbon in the JULES land surface scheme (vn4.3_permafrost) with a focus on permafrost regions

Eleanor J. Burke, Sarah E. Chadburn, and Altug Ekici

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There is a large amount of relatively inert organic carbon locked into permafrost soils. In a warming climate the permafrost will thaw and this organic carbon will become vulnerable to decomposition. This process is not typically included within Earth system models (ESMs). This paper describes the development of a vertically resolved soil organic carbon decomposition model which, in the future, can be included within the UKESM to quantify the response of the climate to permafrost carbon loss.