Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 5029–5054, 2019

Special issue: The Lund–Potsdam–Jena managed Land (LPJmL) dynamic...

Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 5029–5054, 2019

Development and technical paper 03 Dec 2019

Development and technical paper | 03 Dec 2019

Improving the LPJmL4-SPITFIRE vegetation–fire model for South America using satellite data

Markus Drüke et al.

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This work shows the successful application of a systematic model–data integration setup, as well as the implementation of a new fire danger formulation, in order to optimize a process-based fire-enabled dynamic global vegetation model. We have demonstrated a major improvement in the fire representation within LPJmL4-SPITFIRE in terms of the spatial pattern and the interannual variability of burned area in South America as well as in the modelling of biomass and the distribution of plant types.