Articles | Volume 11, issue 8
Model evaluation paper
29 Aug 2018
Model evaluation paper |  | 29 Aug 2018

Closing the energy balance using a canopy heat capacity and storage concept – a physically based approach for the land component JSBACHv3.11

Marvin Heidkamp, Andreas Chlond, and Felix Ament

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The core of every climate model is the solution of the surface energy balance. Numerical approaches are mandatory to calculate the land's response to solar input. However, different numerical approaches should not affect the physical results. Here we develop a physical approach that determines how the available energy is divided into radiative and heat fluxes. A key element of this scheme is the inclusion of different types of heat storages in the canopy layer.