Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 3975–3993, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-3975-2020

Special issue: The externalised surface model SURFEX

Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 3975–3993, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-3975-2020

Model evaluation paper 03 Sep 2020

Model evaluation paper | 03 Sep 2020

Role of vegetation in representing land surface temperature in the CHTESSEL (CY45R1) and SURFEX-ISBA (v8.1) land surface models: a case study over Iberia

Miguel Nogueira et al.

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We used earth observations to evaluate and improve the representation of land surface temperature (LST) and vegetation coverage over Iberia in CHTESSEL and SURFEX land surface models. We demonstrate the added value of updating the vegetation types and fractions together with the representation of vegetation coverage seasonality. Results show a large reduction in daily maximum LST systematic error during warm months, with neutral impacts in other seasons.