Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
Development and technical paper
27 Jan 2020
Development and technical paper |  | 27 Jan 2020

Accounting for forest age in the tile-based dynamic global vegetation model JSBACH4 (4.20p7; git feature/forests) – a land surface model for the ICON-ESM

Julia E. M. S. Nabel, Kim Naudts, and Julia Pongratz

Data sets

Publication repository Max Planck Society

Model code and software

MPI-ESM 1.2.01p1 Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

Short summary
Models need to account for forest age structures when investigating land use influences on land–atmosphere feedbacks. We present a consolidated scheme to introduce forest age classes, combining age-dependent simulations of important processes with the possibility to trace forest age, and describe its implementation in JSBACH4, the land surface model of the ICON Earth system model. We evaluate simulations with and without age classes demonstrating the benefit of forest age classes in JSBACH4.